Last reviewed 11 April 2022

Almost 1000 green buses are to be provided with the backing of nearly £200 million in government funding as 12 areas in England, from Greater Manchester to Portsmouth, will receive grants from a multimillion-pound package to deliver electric or hydrogen powered buses.

The £198.3 million of funding, which will provide 943 buses, comes from the Zero Emission Buses Regional Area (ZEBRA) scheme, which was launched last year to allow local transport authorities to bid for funding to purchase zero emission buses.

The areas whose business cases were approved and which will be receiving funding include North Yorkshire, Portsmouth, Blackpool, York, Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire and Oxfordshire.

According to the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, this latest initiative means the Government remains on track to deliver its commitment to fund a total of 4000 zero-emission buses across the country, as promised by the Prime Minister in 2020.

“Today’s announcement is part of our National Bus Strategy, which will introduce lower fares, helping drive down the cost of public transport even further for passengers,” Mr Shapps said, highlighting that the move is expected to remove over 57,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year from the country’s air, as well as 22 tonnes of nitrogen oxide.

He went on to state that the Government funding of Transport for London (TfL) has supported the introduction of 300 zero emission buses in London, while around 600 zero emission buses have been funded in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as a result of the block grant to the devolved administrations.

Stagecoach Chief Executive, Martin Griffiths, said: “Britain’s buses have an exciting future ahead, helping decarbonise the country, as well as driving economic recovery and levelling up our communities.”