New £48m grant to put bus emissions into reverse gear

The funding will support the roll out of 263 new greener buses, taking the total number to 540

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The government has awarded £48 million of investment for zero emission bus projects to be rolled out across England and Wales.

Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani made the announcement at the UK Bus Summit this morning, with the funding supporting 263 new greener buses.

That is expected to save more than 14,00 tonnes of CO2 annually and takes the total number of ultra-low emission buses in Britain to 540.

The 19 successful bidders that will share the funding include Birmingham Airport, Cardiff City Council, Go North East, Stagecoach Manchester and Transport for London.

Ms Ghani also announced a new partnership with Greener Journeys to reflect the “pivotal role” played by the bus industry in tackling social isolation and loneliness.

Some of the initiatives already introduced include the ‘Chatty Bus’ campaign launched by Go Ahead Group, encouraging conversations between passengers and ‘Hattie’, a community bus from Stagecoach specifically designed to provide a “friendly environment” where people can chat to others.

The new partnership will see companies across the sector pledge to do all they can to tackle loneliness, including through innovative vehicle design as well ass initiatives to encourage bus passengers to talk to each other.

Buses Minister Nusrat Ghani said: “Buses are far more than a way of getting from A to B. They are a crucial tool in the fight against loneliness and it is good to see the industry taking steps to tackle isolation.

“This government is doing more than ever before to reduce emissions across all modes of transport and I’m delighted to see the bus industry putting itself at the forefront of this.”

Additional Information

The winning bidders are as follows:

Bidder Type of technology Number of buses Funding for buses Funding for infrastructure Total amount funded
Birmingham Airport Electric 6 £711,000.00 £664,500.00 £1,375,500.00
Brighton and Hove Buses Hydrogen 20 £3,610,435.00 £750,000.00 £4,360,435.00
Cardiff City Council Electric 36 £5,356,000.00 £341,000.00 £5,697,000.00
City of Wolverhampton Electric 1 £128,000.00 £15,000.00 £143,000.00
Coventry City Council Electric 10 £1,556,375.00 £698,625.00 £2,255,000.00
First Bus Manchester Electric 12 £1,647,000.00 £375,000.00 £2,022,000.00
First West Yorkshire Electric 9 £1,275,747.00 £494,725.50 £1,770,472.50
Go North East Electric 9 £1,210,005.00 £450,000.00 £1,660,005.00
Greater Manchester Combined Authority Electric 23 £3,543,750.00 £1,889,360.00 £5,433,110.00
Manchester Community Transport Electric 3 £402,900.00 £60,000.00 £462,900.00
Newport Transport Electric 1 £210,864.00 £786,795.00 £997,659.00
Nottingham City Transport Infrastructure only  (biomethane) Infrastructure only £0.00 £1,129,125.00 £1,129,125.00
Nottinghamshire County Council Electric 4 £608,000.00 £300,000.00 £908,000.00
Stagecoach Manchester Electric 32 £5,411,200.00 £1,523,732.00 £6,934,932.00
Stagecoach South Wales Electric 16 £1,941,835.00 £900,000.00 £2,841,835.00
The Big Lemon Electric 5 £560,167.00 £0.00 £560,167.00
Transport for London Electric 63 £3,456,000.00 £3,500,000.00 £6,956,000.00
Trent Barton Electric 8 £1,512,000.00 £363,859.00 £1,875,859.00
West Yorkshire Combined Authority Electric 5 £393,000.00 £224,000.00 £617,000.00

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