Bus users will benefit from cleaner and greener journeys in Bristol, England, following the granting of £4.8 million for 110 natural gas buses. The funding has been approved under the government’s ‘Low emission bus scheme’ and was apparently stimulated by the publishing of an air quality plan submitted by the UK Department for Transport, Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
Transport Minister Paul Maynard said: “Low emission buses are an important part of our plans to make motoring cleaner and improve air quality across the country.”
Bristol is currently trialling a double-decker bus that’s powered by biomethane, a renewable natural gas (RNG) that is a completely sustainable and renewable fuel source.
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, plus £270 million announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement to support the roll out of low emission cars, taxis and buses and supporting infrastructure.
This follows an initial £30 million awarded to bus companies and local councils in July 2016 under the ‘Low emission bus scheme’ to help put over 300 more low emission buses on the country’s roads.
Later this year, the government will also publish plans for a second round of the ‘Low emission bus scheme’ with a view to putting even more of the cleanest buses on our streets.
Source: Department for Transport, Office for Low Emission Vehicles, and Paul Maynard MP