UK councils win £40m to drive down bus emissions

A total of 20 local authorities have won funding totalling £40 million to clean up old buses. They will retrofit buses with technology to reduce tailpipe emissions of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), helping meet minimum emissions standards and tackle air pollution. They include West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Bristol City Council, Oxford City Council, Transport for London […]

Birmingham announces hydrogen bus fleet

Birmingham plans to introduce a new fleet of £500,000 zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell buses. The £13.4 million scheme will see 22 of the clean buses running on key routes through the city, as well as the installation of hydrogen refuelling facilities at Tyseley Energy Park. Birmingham City Council says as well as being better for […]

‘Soot-free’ buses planned for 20 megacities

Four vehicle manufacturers are help cities adopt bus fleets equipped with “soot-free” technologies to tackle air pollution. BYD, Cummins, Scania and Volvo Buses have pledged to ensure soot-free engine technology is available for purchase in 20 megacities next year, including Bangkok, Dhaka, Istanbul, Jakarta, Sao Paulo and Sydney. Soot-free technology is any engine that meets […]

Gas buses ‘offer better value than electric’

Gas buses in the UK are already offering better value for taxpayers than their electric counterparts. That’s according to the latest figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT), which illustrate how the latest round of funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) was distributed. The funding saw six local authority-led projects receive […]

TRL chosen to evaluate performance of low emission buses

The global centre for transport and mobility innovation, TRL, has been appointed to monitor and evaluate the performance of low emission buses across the UK. The Department for Transport’s (DfT) Low Emission Bus Scheme has provided grants for the deployment of low emission buses and related infrastructure on existing routes. Bus operators are using the […]

Scotland offers £3m to roll out more green buses

The Scottish Government has announced a further £3 million for green buses in the country. It is inviting bus operators, local authorities and Regional Transport Partnership’s across Scotland to apply for a share of the fund towards the purchase of low carbon emission buses. The Scottish Green Bus Fund, now in its seventh year, aims […]

Go-Ahead’s energy bills ‘higher than profits’

One of the UK’s largest transport companies spends more on energy bills than it earns in operational profits. Go-Ahead Group runs a number of rail and bus firms in the UK, with more than 800 trains and 4,600 buses. Group Environment and Energy Manager, Chris Grinsted said: “We spend upwards of £120 million a year […]

“Smoothing” traffic slashes bus emissions

Smoothing out traffic flow could dramatically slash emissions from public buses. Buses in Brighton were fitted with emissions monitoring boxes and tested on multiple trips in normal traffic during business and shopping hours. While passengers weren’t on the buses, they were weighted with ballast and stopped at regular bus stops as if on a normal […]

F1 technology in buses to help cut fuel usage

Four British engineering firms that will use technology initially designed for Formula One cars in buses and diggers to improve fuel efficiency have been granted funding totalling more than £28 million. Ford, GKN Land Systems, Cummins and JCB and its partner Flybrid will share the cash – which will support investment of £133 million – […]

Wireless electric bus launches in Milton Keynes

Wirelessly charged electric buses are taking on a rigorous route in the Milton Keynes in their first ever outing in the UK. Eight battery-powered buses will run 17 hours a day, seven days a week, each one covering more 56,000 miles per year. Run by transport operator Arriva, the five year trial begins on 19 […]