Councils invited to bid for “Green bus” cash

The Government is inviting local authorities across England to bid for a share of £5 million funding to fit buses with green technology.

The Clean Bus Technology Fund 2015 will allow local authorities to bid for up to £500,000 – enough to retrofit hundreds of buses that will reduce NOx (nitrogen oxides) emissions and improve air quality.

The fund is open for bids until the end of October, with a particular focus on pollution hotspots in cites and urban areas. 

“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,” said Transport Minister, Andrew Jones.

“The funding will also support the British industries helping deliver the technology. 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.”

The Government has also launched the £500,000 Air Quality Grant Scheme for 2015/16. 

This scheme supports local authority projects to improve air quality with successful schemes previously encouraging local cycling projects, developing and implementing local low emission strategies and local engagement and awareness raising initiatives.

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues