The British Government has announced funding of over £46 million for 542 new low carbon buses on roads across England by March 2012. The money is part of the Government’s drive to target investment in new projects that promote green growth and encourage use of sustainable local transport.
All English regions will benefit with funds which have been paid to 20 bus operators and six local authorities. All the buses are expected to be in service by 2012.
“Low carbon buses emit around 30 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than standard diesel buses and use around a third less fuel – that is why it was so important to kick-start the market,” says British Transport Minister Norman Baker. “They also represent an important and developing industry – both in this country and throughout the world – which has the potential to create jobs and boost economic growth.”
Green, low carbon hybrid-electric buses supported by the Fund are already in operation in London, Manchester, Oxford and Reading. Electric buses supported by the Fund are operating in Durham.