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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