The Department for Transport has announced the creation of a new £5 million initiative that will focus on the delivery of greener buses for the whole of the UK.
Enhancing the green credentials of public transport services will be the driving force behind the new Clean Bus Technology Fund, with local authorities now able to apply for grants of up to £500,000 towards the rollout of new green retrofit projects in their area.
Aimed at helping to update whole fleets of older vehicles, the money will go towards ensuring public transport services are cutting their NOx (nitrogen oxides) emissions and improving air quality at the same time.
This latest investment adds to a previous cashpot of £20 million that was offered for the retrofit of UK buses by the government in 2011.
Unveiled by transport minister Andrew Jones, he commented: "The £5 million Clean Bus Technology Fund will provide hundreds of cleaner buses to improve air quality in towns and cities across England and I urge local authorities to submit bids.
"Today's announcement continues the government's commitment to improve air quality by upgrading existing vehicles on the road, while also backing the low-emission solutions for the future."
To date, around 1,100 buses across the country have been retrofitted with the latest emissions-reduction technologies, with green technologies being utilised to reduce NOx output by up to 50 per cent for some vehicles.
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