Pollution-reducing technology to be installed in another 400 buses in England
The Department for Transport has revealed that more than 400 buses in England will be fitted with technology designed to cut pollution by up to 90%, after successful bids for £7 million of funding were announced.
Eighteen local authorities will receive support from the Clean Bus Technology Fund 2015 to retrofit 439 buses with technology to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions in pollution hotspots.
The Department said that greener buses can significantly help air quality in town and city centres due to their high mileage and long operational life.
The buses upgraded from this fund will complete more than a million journeys a year.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “Greener buses mean cleaner town and city centres and a healthier environment for everyone.
“The upgraded buses that will soon hit the roads in England continue our commitment to better air quality by investing in greener transport.
“By targeting pollution hotspots and backing the low-emission technology of the future, we are making the right long-term decisions to improve people’s lives.”
In order to receive funding, the 18 local authorities had to show evidence that the technology would reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by a minimum of 50%.
The buses will be fitted with exhaust gas treatment systems called selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and will be back on the roads after their upgrade.
Under the scheme, Councils must continue to monitor the schemes and provide evidence of their effectiveness
More than 2,000 buses have already been upgraded across England to cut emissions.
See the full list of local council recipients here.