Local authorities and bus companies across the country have won a share of £11m of Government cash to invest in electric and gas buses.
The Department for Transport (DfT) said 153 new, cleaner buses are due to be brought in through this tranche of the ‘low emission bus scheme' along with new infrastructure to fuel or charge them.
The successful bidders are:
- Denbighshire County Council, Wales - £500,000 for four electric buses to be used on services in mid-Denbighshire
- City of York Council - £3.3m for 24 electric buses to be used on park and ride services in York
- South Gloucestershire Council - £4.8m for 110 gas buses for services around Bristol
- Surrey County Council, Guildford – £1.5m for nine electric buses to be used on park and ride services in Guildford
- The Big Lemon, £500,000 for three electric buses to be used in the Brighton area
- Go South Coast / Wiltshire County Council – £500,000 for three electric buses to be used on park and ride services around Salisbury
Transport minister Paul Maynard said: 'New greener buses will be more comfortable for passengers, they are cost efficient and are good for the environment.'
An initial tranche of 'low emission bus scheme' cash in July last year, saw £30m used to help put over 300 more low emission buses on the country’s roads.
The DfT said that later this year it will publish plans to extend the low emission bus scheme.