UK on track to meet commitment of 4,000 zero-emission buses with £200m boost

  • almost 1,000 more zero-emission buses will be funded in cities and towns across the country, bringing the total funded in England to 2,000 so far under this government
  • 600 additional zero-emission buses have been funded in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • comes as consultation is launched on the end of the sale of all new non-zero emission buses from 2025 to 2032
  • the government continues to take unprecedented steps to achieve net zero and improve transportation across the country

Millions of people across the country will be able to make greener and cleaner journeys as almost 1,000 green buses are rolled out with the support of almost £200million in government funding.

Twelve areas of England, from Greater Manchester to Portsmouth, will receive multimillion-pound grants from the scheme to deliver electric or hydrogen buses, as well as charging or refueling infrastructure, to their area.

Funding comes from the Zero Emission Buses Regional Area (ZEBRA), which was launched last year to allow local transport authorities to bid for funds to buy zero-emission buses.

Today’s (26 March 2022) £198.3m funding will provide 943 buses. It relies on almost:

  • £71m announced last year to support up to 335 new zero-emission buses in 5 areas
  • additional funding of £50 million for the UK’s first all-electric bus city, Coventry, supporting up to 300 buses. The first orders have already been placed
  • 100 buses funded by previous funding schemes

Hundreds of additional zero-emission buses have been funded in London, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It means the government remains on track to deliver on its commitment to fund a total of 4,000 zero-emission buses across the country – which the Prime Minister promised in 2020 to ‘drive the UK’s progress on its ambitions net zero” and to “build and rebuild these vital links with all parts of the UK”.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

I will improve and clean up our transport network. That’s why I announced hundreds of millions of pounds to roll out zero-emission buses across the country.

Not only will this improve the passenger experience, but it will help support our mission to fund 4,000 of these cleaner buses, achieve net zero emissions by 2050, and build back greener.

Today’s announcement is part of our national bus strategy, which will introduce lower fares, helping to further reduce the cost of public transport for passengers.

The move is expected to remove more than 57,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year from the country’s air, as well as 22 tonnes of nitrogen oxides on average each year, as the government continues to move further and faster. to achieve net zero, clean up the transportation network and build back greener.

It is also part of the government’s wider £3billion National Bus Strategy to dramatically improve bus services, with new priority lanes, lower and simpler fares, more integrated ticketing and frequencies higher.

Jobs in the bus manufacturing industry – based largely in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England – will be supported as a result of the move. Zero-emission buses are also cheaper to operate, which improves the economy of bus operators.

Transport Minister Baroness Vere said:

We recognize the scale of the challenge the world faces in reaching net zero. That’s why reducing emissions and creating green jobs are at the heart of our transportation program.

Today’s multi-million pound investment is a huge step towards a cleaner future, helping to ensure that transport is fit for generations to come and enabling millions of people to move around in a way more respectful of our environment.

The areas whose business cases have been approved and will receive funding are:

  • Norfolk
  • North Yorkshire
  • Portsmouth
  • Blackpool
  • Nottingham
  • Greater Manchester
  • Hertfordshire
  • South Yorkshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • West Midlands
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  • West Yorkshire

Martin Griffiths, Managing Director of Stagecoach, said:

We welcome today’s announcement, which will complement significant investments and initiatives by operators as we work together to transition to a zero-emissions bus fleet and help the country achieve its zero-emissions ambitions.

Stagecoach has already started its journey towards our goal of a fully zero-emission UK bus fleet by 2035, and there is also a major opportunity to provide cleaner air by switching to public transport, cycling and walking more durable.

UK buses have an exciting future ahead of them, helping to decarbonise the country, while driving economic recovery and improving our communities.

Government funding from Transport for London supported the introduction of 300 zero-emissions in London. Around 600 zero-emission buses have been funded in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland through the Devolved Government Block Grant.

The government will also launch a public consultation today to seek views on setting a specific date between 2025 and 2032 to end the sale of new non-zero (tailpipe) emissions buses.

This would mean that from 2032 at the latest, the sale of all new buses, powered in part or in whole by an internal combustion engine, would cease to be permitted.

Any new buses sold from that date would have to be fully zero tailpipe emissions and the end of sales would apply across the UK.

Such a move would strengthen the zero-emission bus market, making it the default choice for operators for a faster transition.

Calls for evidence will also be launched today to end the sale of new non-zero-emission coaches and minibuses, gathering evidence on the challenges of moving to a zero-emission fleet and when it will end. proper sale.

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