Nottinghamshire is set to benefit from a fleet of new electric buses after securing £900,000 in funding to get more green vehicles on the road.
Four new electric buses will be hitting the county’s roads in 2020 after Nottinghamshire County Council, Trent Barton and Nottingham City Transport all won bids from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to fund more eco-friendly vehicles.
The funding will cover the cost of the new low-emission buses and support other necessary infrastructure such as charging points.
It will triple the number of electric buses in the city from two to six in a bid to cut emissions.
Two electric buses were introduced last summer after a previous round of government funding, which are serving residents in Stapleford, Toton, Beeston and Attenborough.
Councillor John Cottee, chairman of the communities and place committee, said: “This is fantastic news.
“This latest £900,000 funding means we can add to our electric bus fleet by introducing four new buses to serve local communities in the Rushcliffe and Mansfield areas. We hope to see these vehicles on the road in 2020.”
“Even more bus passengers in Nottinghamshire will therefore benefit from the quieter, sleek and pollution-free buses, thanks to zero emission bus technology which will help improve air quality and reduce CO2 emissions.”
- Transport is currently the most polluting sector in the UK.
- Increasing the use of low-emission modes of public transport such as buses can help lower our carbon footprint as it helps reduce the number of cars on the roads.