Sheffield City Region awarded £1.3 million for 44 buses with hybrid technology
Government Minister Andrew Jones is visiting the Sheffield City Region today (25 July 2016) to announce Government funding for cleaner, greener bus journeys for places across the UK. Sheffield City Region is among the winners and has been awarded £1.3 million for 44 buses with hybrid technology.
The buses will run on Sheffield’s flagship 1/1A route – a high frequency commuter route across the city.
During his visit to the city, Transport Minister Andrew Jones said:
“My message is clear – greener buses are good for passengers and good for British business.
“Low emission buses have already proved to be a real success across the country. They are cost efficient, good for the environment, and there are wider benefits. We have provided more than £2 billion of funding to greener transport schemes since 2011, and by supporting this technology the government is ensuring the UK is driving innovation and investment up and down the country.”
Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said:
“Connectivity is absolutely key to the growth of the Sheffield City Region and public transport plays a key part in this. We not only want to see a well-run and frequent bus service, but also a sustainable and environmentally-friendly fleet of buses.
“Buses have a crucial role to play in reducing the number of cars on our roads and tackling traffic jams. By making our buses cleaner we are making Sheffield City Region an even more attractive place to live and work, as well as promoting healthier living by making sure the City Region air is less polluted.”
Thirteen winners receive share of Low Emission Bus fund to add 326 new buses to their fleets, boosting UK’s position as leader in development of low carbon technology
Bus operators and local authorities across England have been awarded a share of the funding to buy Low Emission Buses and install chargepoints and other infrastructure. In total, the 13 successful bidders will be able to add 326 buses– including electric, hybrid, hydrogen and biomethane buses – to their fleets, and install more than £7 million-worth of infrastructure.
Low Emission Buses produce at least 15% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the average modern diesel bus but they typically cost significantly more. The funding will cover up to 90 per cent of the difference in cost between a new bus and its diesel equivalent, as well as up to 75 per cent of the cost of infrastructure.
The Low Emission Bus scheme builds on the Green Bus Fund, which saw £89 million of government funding put more than 1,200 green buses on England’s roads – representing 4 per cent of buses in service. The government has also invested more than £26 million since 2013 to retrofit more than 2,000 buses in pollution hotspots with low emission technology.
The Government’s support for Low Emission Buses is one part of a £600 million package of measures from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles by 2020, which also includes £400 million of guaranteed money for individual plug-in car grants, investment in ultra-low emission taxis, and research and development funding for innovative technology such as lighter vehicles and better car batteries.
For a full list of winning bids under the Low Emission Bus Scheme, please click here