Government drives low carbon transport with round four of Green Bus fund
The Government is providing £12m funding for 213 new low carbon buses in a drive to cut carbon emissions and encourage economic growth.
According to the Government, passengers in England are set to benefit from cleaner, greener bus journeys as part of the fourth round of the Green Bus Fund announced by Local Transport Minister Norman Baker.
The Green Bus Fund aims to cut greenhouse gas emission levels and encourage bus operators and local councils to make the switch to more environmentally-friendly buses.
In total, four rounds of the fund, amounting to £87m, will have delivered more than 1200 new low carbon buses in England, saving around 28,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
The government is paying up to half the cost difference between low carbon diesel-hybrid and biomethane gas buses and their standard diesel equivalent.
Five bus manufacturers will benefit from orders for their eco-friendly hybrid, electric and gas buses, with many of the buses being assembled in the UK. The Government says the manufacturers which stand to benefit from the funding are Alexander Dennis Limited, BYD, Optare, Scania and Volvo.
Local Transport Minister Norman Baker has asked his department to explore options for further green initiatives to make full use of the remainder of the available funding in this financial year.
Baker said: "Buses are an essential part of people's day-to-day lives up and down the country and are a key tool for enabling economic growth. At the same time, we want this growth to be green, which is why we are investing in these brand new low carbon buses.
"The last three rounds of the Green Bus Fund have shown that bus operators and local authorities are keen to invest in environmentally friendly technology, and it is encouraging to see this strong interest in ultra low emission vehicles continuing through the fourth round of the fund.
"I'm glad these new technologies are breaking through into the mainstream. This further strengthens the case for operators in the UK to invest in ultra low emission technologies and achieve a step change in cutting carbon," he added.