£40 million awarded to Councils for low emission buses

As part of the Clean Bus Technology Fund, which was launched in 2017, the Joint Air Quality Unit has today announced awards totaling £40 million to local authorities across the UK to support efforts to improve air quality in UK towns and cities. Using the money councils will be able to retrofit vehicles with technology to reduce tailpipe emissions of nitrogen dioxide. Although much of the recent in the vehicle sector has come on the OEM side, retrofitting buses to use biomethane as a vehicle fuel offers a carbon reduction and can help reduce air pollution.

Announcing the support Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani MP said:

Road transport is going to change dramatically over the next couple of decades – and we have to make sure that the bus industry is ready to benefit from those changes.

Below you can see Nusrat Ghani MP beside one of Nottingham City Transport's biomethane buses.

Click here for a list of the Clean Bus Technology Fund 2017 to 2019 winners, which sets out how many buses winning authorities will be able to retrofit - around 2,700 are expected in total.

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