Low carbon transportation, already under a major push for adoption in the United Kingdom, just got another bump on that island nation. Plans announced by the national government call for making enough money available to bring 55 more green buses into service, while at the same time retrofitting dozens more to clean up exhaust fumes.
£2.4 million is being ploughed into further funding, allowing bus companies and local authorities in the U.K. regions of Manchester, Oxfordshire, York and Sunderland to buy electric, hybrid and biomethane gas-powered buses. In addition, the Clean Bus Technology Fund, as it is called, 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 idea of green buses helping to cut down on carbon pollution in the United Kingdom is something those in authority have been pursuing for a bit now. Back in May, for example, the national transportation department announced £12 million for a fourth round of funding of the Green Bus Fund. At that time 213 new low carbon buses were being considered, with the city of London alone making use of £5m to help purchase four electric and 90 hybrid buses and growing what’s said to be Europe’s largest fleet of green buses.
“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,” said UK Transport Minister Norman Baker in a statement. “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.”