Buses to share lanes with electric cars in Milton Keynes
Drivers of electric cars could find themselves with the right to use bus lanes if a proposal gets the tick in Milton Keynes.
Milton Keynes along with Nottinghamshire and Derby, Bristol and London have all qualified for a share of £40 million in funding from the government’s Go Ultra Low City Scheme for their innovative green transport ideas.
These cities are expected to deliver a rollout of cutting edge technology, such as rapid-charging hubs and street lighting that double as charge points, along with a range of innovative proposals allowing plug-in car owners extra local privileges.
Around 25,000 parking spaces will also be opened up for plug-in car owners saving commuters up to £1,300 a year.
Under the proposal, bus lanes in Milton Keynes would be re-branded as ‘low emission lanes’ which would give plug-in, electric vehicles the same priority as buses at traffic lights.
In London, Westminster Council already provides free parking for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) and aims to deliver 70,000 ULEVs sold by 2020. up to almost quarter of a million by 2025.
Bristol has been awarded £7 million to offer residents free residential parking for ULEVs, access to 3 carpool lanes in the city, more than 80 rapid and fast chargers across the city and a scheme to encourage commuters to lease a plug-in car for up to 4 weeks to help them better understand the range of benefits that electric vehicles bring.
Find out more about the Go Ultra Low City Scheme here.