The Department for Transport announces £50m plan to create first all-electric bus town
Local authorities will be able to bid to for money to help fund fleets of electric buses. A winning town will receive £50m and will be used as a model by government as it aims to ensure all buses are fully electric by 2025.
The announcement comes as part of a wider package of measures for buses:
- £70m towards high-frequency "Superbus" networks.
- £20m towards trials of on-demand buses, which can be ordered through an app
- £30m of funding will go to English local authorities outside of London in 2020, to help them improve or restore bus services that have been cut.
- Over the last decade, council funding for buses in England has fallen by more than 40%. That figure excludes the capital, which has bucked the trend.
The transport secretary said:
"This £170m package will help us to create communities which are cleaner, easier to get around and more environmentally friendly, speeding up journeys and making them more reliable."
Source: BBC News