Monday, 7 October 2013

Further Green Bus Funding

Speaking at Coach and Bus Live on 2 October 2013, Transport Minister Norman Baker announced additional funding will be made available to bring 55 more low carbon buses into service and to retro-fit dozens more to clean up their exhaust fumes.
The work will build on the success of the government’s Green Bus Fund and related Clean Bus Technology Fund.
Norman Baker said:
This money will improve air quality in towns and cities across England and cut carbon, which is good for all of us wherever we live.
Schemes like these are a cost-effective way of landing real benefits for the public and the environment. Cleaner, more efficient bus services are good for the economy and for the environment – it’s a win-win.
The new funding will see £2.4 million ploughed into further funding for low carbon buses allowing bus companies and local authorities in Manchester, Oxfordshire, York and Sunderland to buy electric, hybrid and biomethane gas-powered buses.
The Clean Bus Technology Fund will allocate additional grants to local authorities totalling over £1 million pounds to modify local buses to reduce emissions of harmful pollutants and improve air quality on congested roads in parts of Kent, South Yorkshire, the West Midlands, Buckinghamshire and York.
The following towns, cities, districts and counties will benefit from the new funding announced.
  • Manchester – 23 new green buses
  • Sunderland – 23 new green buses
  • York – seven new green buses and a pilot scheme to convert a diesel bus to electric propulsion
  • Oxfordshire – 2 new buses
  • Sheffield – conversion of 5 buses to run on natural gas
  • West Midlands – 29 buses with exhaust gas treatment
  • Chiltern District – 5 buses with exhaust gas treatment
  • Swale Borough – 5 buses with exhaust gas treatment

In May the department announced £12 million for the fourth round of the Green Bus Fund and in June a further £5 million was allocated to the Clean Bus Technology Fund.  

 Green buses from Arriva and Go North East lined up at the NEBPT Show at the Metrocentre in May 2013


And whilst on the subject of alternative technologies. Martin Arrand visited the Barrow Hill event over the weekend of the 28th/29th September, where he certainly found some older and alternative technology. Steam stars of the weekend were the A4 'Mallard' currently celebrating 75-years, and the youngest steam driven engine 'Tornado' in the smart blue livery. A set of images of the event
can now be viewed here