Clean air funding

Transport Minister, Nusrat Ghani, has announced a £40m funding package from the Government’s clean Bus Technology Fund to enable 20 local authorities to retrofit buses with clean technology

Speaking at this year’s Bus Summit, Nusrat Ghani described buses and coaches as ‘hugely important’ to those who rely on them and to the communities in which these people live and work: “We have to move away from nose-to-tail car traffic at peak times, endless engine idling, stop-start travel and rising pollution and carbon emissions. Rather than contributing to the problem – buses and coaches very much form part of the solution.”

The Minister went on to describe how the money will allow councils to retrofit vehicles with technology to reduce tailpipe emissions of nitrogen dioxide, part of a drive to help ensure that more buses and coaches can contribute to improving air quality in UK cities.

Chris Todd of Campaign for Better Transport welcomed the funding but added: “To make this investment count, the Government also needs to look at ways at keeping buses moving.  With the failure to reduce road traffic and tackle congestion we need to see more bus priority measures introduced, so these clean buses are not just stuck in traffic jams.”

This was a view echoed by Claire Walters, Chief Executive of Bus Users UK: “Buses are central to city economies, but until local authorities overcome their reluctance to upset motorists by giving buses priority, our town and city centres will continue to suffer.”

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