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22 March 2024, 16:35

UK Invests £143M in 955 Electric Buses: Transforming Rural Transport with Zero-Emission Trave

The UK's Journey Towards Greener Transport: Nearly 1,000 Electric Buses Set to Transform Local Travel

In an ambitious stride towards sustainable transportation, the UK Government has earmarked £143 million for the addition of 955 state-of-the-art, zero-emission buses across England. This initiative, part of a broader effort to enhance local transit connections, focuses on empowering rural communities with modern, eco-friendly travel options for the first time.

Spanning 25 councils, the funding aims to revolutionize local transportation, especially in some of the most remote areas of the country, according to the Department for Transport (DfT). The South West region is poised to receive the lion's share of this investment, with £43.4 million allocated for 352 electric buses, showcasing the government's commitment to reducing carbon footprints across all corners of England.

This recent announcement boosts the DfT's Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (Zebra) program's total contributions to a robust £413 million. Mark Harper, the Transport Secretary, underscored the importance of this investment during a visit to a bus depot in Cheltenham, highlighting nearly 1,000 new electric buses set to enhance public transport, especially in less accessible areas.

Beyond the immediate environmental benefits, such as significantly cleaner air, these modern buses will offer passengers amenities including wifi and USB charging sockets, enhancing the overall travel experience. This move not only supports the UK's green transition but also promotes a more connected, accessible, and enjoyable public transport system.

Alison Edwards, a leading figure at the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), lauded the government's substantial investment, recognizing it as a crucial step towards building a cutting-edge, emission-free bus network. This initiative places the UK at the forefront of developing sustainable transport solutions, offering passengers one of the most environmentally friendly travel options available.

With a total of £3.5 billion invested in the bus network since 2020, and the extension of the £2 bus fare cap until the end of 2024, the UK Government's dedication to improving and protecting bus services, facilitated by reallocating HS2 funding, is clear. This comprehensive approach not only advances the country's environmental goals but also ensures that the benefits of modern, efficient public transport are shared across the nation.

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