A multimillion-pound package to deliver huge fleet of electric and hydrogen powered buses across England has been announced by the government, with Oxfordshire and the West Midlands in the running to secure a share of the cash.
In total 12 areas in England will receive grants from the multimillion-pound package to deliver electric or hydrogen powered buses, as well as charging or fuelling infrastructure, to their region.
The funding comes from the Zero Emission Buses Regional Area (ZEBRA) scheme, which was launched last year to allow local transport authorities to bid for funding to purchase zero emission buses.
The £198.3 million of funding will provide 943 buses. It builds on almost £71 million announced last year to support up to 335 new zero emission buses in five areas, a further £50 million funding for the UK’s first All Electric Bus City, Coventry, supporting up to 300 buses and 100 buses funded by previous funding schemes.
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.
Martin Griffiths, Stagecoach Chief Executive, said: “We welcome this announcement, which will complement the significant investment and initiatives by operators as we work together to transition to a zero emission bus fleet and help the country achieve its net zero ambitions.
“Stagecoach has already started its journey towards our target of a fully zero emission UK bus fleet by 2035, and there is also a major opportunity to deliver cleaner air by people switching to more sustainable public transport, cycling and walking.”