Local authorities granted £25m to roll out greener buses

They will be able to use the funds to upgrade buses with technology to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions

The government has announced a £25 million fund for local authorities to roll out greener buses in a bid to improve air quality.

A total of 14 councils will share the grant from the Clean Bus Technology Fund for projects that upgrade buses with technology to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions.

They include local authorities in Newcastle, London, Coventry, Oxford, Liverpool and Essex.

It follows last year’s £40 million funding awarded to 20 local authorities, which saw them work with bus companies and technology providers to retrofit buses to reduce emissions.

The government is working with 61 English local authorities and has placed legal duties on them – underpinned by £495 million in funding – to tackle their NO2 exceedances.

Environment Minister Therese Coffey said: “We all know that air pollution is the top environmental risk to health in the UK. Nitrogen dioxide emissions must be lowered if we want to ensure cleaner and healthier air across the country.

“Local authorities are best placed to introduce systems that work for their areas, which is why we are working closely with them to ensure they have the appropriate funding and support.”

The latest funding will support the government’s 2017 UK Plan for Tackling Roadside Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations, which sets out how councils with the worst levels of air pollution at busy road junctions and hotspots will take action.

Additional Information

The full list of local authorities that have been awarded funding are:

Local Authority Sum awarded Number of buses
Newcastle £379,600 23
Leicester £983,250 53
London £983,250 500
Bristol £983,250 166
Gateshead £230,750 13
Manchester £2,994,000 176
West Midlands £2,987,750 222
Coventry £2,517,500 131
Oxford £671,550 37
West Yorkshire £2,975,875 179
South Tyneside £133,952 8
Liverpool £2,520,643 129
Sheffield £3,000,000 160
Essex £387,064 20
Total £25,270,264.00 1817

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