Department for Transport Seeks to Create All-Electric Bus Towns

 

Government launched A Better Deal for Bus Users which sets out a package of actions to meet the needs and demands of the travelling public. With £220 million of new funding to help improve bus services, the package includes up to £50 million to deliver Britain's first all-electric bus town or city.

The Department for Transport's (DfTs) All-Electric Bus Town proposal has the following aims:

  • To act as a pilot to understand what can be achieved when there is a real commitment to move all buses in a place to electric zero-emission
  • To understand the impact this can have on improving air quality and greenhouse gases in a place
  • To understand better the challenges of running a wholly electric bus fleet
  • To understand the impact that an electric fleet can have on running costs for bus operators (given that electric buses should be cheaper to run in terms of fuel costs)
  • To support bus manufacturers in the development of zero emission bus technology.

English local transport authorities outside London (ie counties, unitaries, combined authorities) are eligible to apply for funding.

A total of £50 million is available. That could go towards one or more all-electric bus towns/cities.

The amount of support for a place will be based on the following funding formula:

  • DfT will contribute up to 75% of the cost difference between a zero-emission bus and a standard conventional diesel bus equivalent of the same total passenger capacity
  • For infrastructure, DfT will contribute up to 75% of the capital expenditure incurred as a result of its purchase and installation.

Expressions of interest must be submitted by the deadline of 30 April 2020.

 

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