Motoring Insight Magazine Online Subscribe About Us Contact Us Motoring Insight Home Finance Reviews Under The Hood Motorsport Business Profiles Archive Jobs I am looking for in Get your business listed Related Tags: bus, green bus, green buses, hybrid bus technology, hybrid bus technologies, new bus technology, hybrid buses in england, alexander dennis hybrid buses, byd hybrid buses, optare hybrid buses, scania hybrid buses, volvo hybrid buses, alexander dennis bus, low carbon buses, future bus technology Green Hybrid and electric buses with ‘new technology’ are ‘breaking through into the mainstream’ By: Danny Hewitt Ref:A0397 Published: 28 May 2013

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A small number of bus journeys across England are set to become greener, thanks to a £12 million boost to buy 213 low carbon buses. 

The funding for the new low carbon buses will deliver better services for passengers while also cutting carbon and delivering economic growth according to the Department for Transport.

The Green Bus Fund aims to cut greenhouse gas emission levels and encourage bus operators and local councils to make the switch to more environmentally-friendly buses. In total, four rounds of the fund, worth £87 million, will have delivered more than 1200 new low carbon buses in England, saving around 28,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

The government is paying up to half the cost difference between low carbon diesel-hybrid and biomethane gas buses and their standard diesel equivalent.

Five bus manufacturers will benefit from orders for their eco-friendly hybrid, electric and gas buses, with many of the buses being assembled in the UK. The manufacturers which stand to benefit are Alexander Dennis Limited, BYD, Optare, Scania and Volvo.

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The winners, who will add 83 single-decker and 130 double-decker buses to their fleets, are spread across England and include Stagecoach and First Group. The local councils involved in the initiative include the City of York, Greater Manchester, Nottingham City and Transport for London.

Norman Baker has asked the department to explore options for further green initiatives to make full use of the remainder of the available funding in this financial year.

Local Transport Minister Norman Baker said: “Buses are an essential part of people’s day-to-day lives up and down the country and are a key tool for enabling economic growth. At the same time, we want this growth to be green, which is why we are investing in these brand new low carbon buses.

“The last three rounds of the Green Bus Fund have shown that bus operators and local authorities are keen to invest in environmentally friendly technology, and it is encouraging to see this strong interest in ultra low emission vehicles continuing through the fourth round of the fund.

“I’m glad these new technologies are breaking through into the mainstream. This further strengthens the case for operators in the UK to invest in ultra low emission technologies and achieve a step change in cutting carbon.”


City of York Council – 2 fully-electric single-decker buses

Courtney Coaches – 2 diesel-hybrid double-decker buses

First Berkshire – 5 diesel-hybrid single-decker buses

First York – 6 fully-electric single-decker buses

Nottingham City Council – 15 fully-electric single-decker buses

Reading Transport Limited – 14 biomethane gas single-decker buses

Selwyns Travel Limited – 6 diesel-hybrid single-decker buses

Stagecoach Manchester – 38 diesel-hybrid double-decker buses

Stagecoach North East – 17 biomethane gas single-decker buses

Transport for Greater Manchester – 3 fully-electric and 10 diesel-hybrid single-decker buses

Transport for London – 4 fully-electric single-decker and 90 diesel-hybrid double-decker buses

Yorkshire Coastliner Limited – 1 fully-electric single-decker bus

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