The Government has announced extra cash will be made available to bring more low carbon buses into service in a bid to cut pollution.
The new £2.4 million funding will see 55 more green buses on the roads and will also be used to retrofit dozens more to clean up their exhaust fumes.
Bus companies and local authorities in eight towns and cities including Manchester, Oxford, York and Sunderland have been awarded the cash for electric, hybrid and biomethane gas-powered buses.
The project will build on the Government’s Green Bus Fund and follows grants awarded to 11 local authorities to upgrade almost 400 local buses earlier this year.
Transport Minister Norman Baker said: “This money will improve air quality in towns and cities across England and cut carbon, which is good for all of us wherever we live.
“Schemes like these are a cost-effective way of landing real benefits for the public and the environment. Cleaner, more efficient bus services are good for the economy and for the environment – it’s a win-win.”
Last month the Department for Transport unveiled a new strategy to roll-out £500 million of funding for ultra-low emission vehicles in the UK.