£48m green bus fund: winning bids revealed

Transport for London, Stagecoach Manchester and Brighton & Hove Buses are among 19 organisations winning a share of £48 million to introduce ultra-low emission buses and associated infrastructure such as charging points.

The £48m Ultra Low Emission Buses (ULEB) fund was launched last year, with the successful bids published by the Department for Transport yesterday (6 February), and announced by bus minister Nusrat Ghani at the UK Bus Summit in London.

In total, 263 new vehicles will be funded, including all-electric models and others powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

The smallest successful bid was from City of Wolverhampton for one electric bus; the largest, at almost £7m, was from Transport for London for 63 electric buses and charging technology.

Brighton & Hove Buses is to receive £4.3m for 20 hydrogen-powered buses and infrastructure costs. (Click the link below for the full list of successful bids.)

The announcement was welcomed by the LowCVP (Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership), which said the funding would help to “re-establish” the international position of the UK’s green bus sector.

LowCVP managing director Andy Eastlake added: “The bus sector is showing the rest of the UK’s road transport sector the way when it comes to cutting pollution and emissions which cause climate change.

“The new funding will encourage the introduction of more vehicles with greater zero emissions range capability and even bigger benefits to both urban air quality and climate change.”

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