Nottingham Council receives £1.5m funding for electric buses
The Government has today announced that it will provide Nottingham City Council with £1.5m to help convert its bus fleet to electric vehicles.
Offered through the Government’s Green Bus Fund, the money will allow Nottingham City Council to buy 11 more electric buses, adding to the 39 electric buses it already owns.
In total, the council will have a fleet of 50 low carbon electric buses, eight of which are already in operation.
Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “This money for electric buses in Nottingham will see the council cutting its carbon footprint, as well as helping to reduce noise and air quality in the local area.
“By enabling a shift to fully electric council bus services, we will help to improve people’s perception of public transport – encouraging modal shift and sustainable transport use by local residents and businesses alike,” added Kramer.
According to the Government, the Green Bus Fund has provided more than £89m to bus operators and local authorities, allowing for the introduction of around 1,250 new low carbon buses in England.
In December 2013, Transport for London (TfL) announced that electric buses were being trialled for the first time in Capital in an effort to cut emissions from the Capital’s bus fleet.