West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has urged Lancashire County Council and local bus operators to put in a bid for funding to purchase new green buses as part of a pioneering Government scheme to introduce a new generation of electric and hybrid-power low carbon buses on our roads.
The Department of Transport has announced a new £30 million fund to encourage local authorities and bus companies to purchase new low carbon buses into their fleets.
These new low carbon buses use 30-40% less fuel than ordinary buses and emit nearly a third less carbon into the atmosphere. They have the potential to significantly reduce the impact of road transport on climate change.
“This is one of many examples of action the Government is taking to tackle climate change here in the UK. CO2 emissions from buses contribute significantly to climate change and for the sake of our environment and the air quality of towns and villages here in West Lancashire and across the country, it's important to encourage local authorities and bus companies to move towards low carbon buses."
“I have been campaigning for the last four years to improve public transport in West Lancashire. I want to see green buses on our roads as part of these improvements. I have written to the County Council and local bus operators to urge them to bid for funding as part of this scheme and deliver the next generation of public transport our communities need.”
Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said:
“Over the next two years we expect this fund to support the purchase of several hundred low carbon buses and, just as importantly, help to stimulate the development of a new green technology industry and help to safeguard up to 900 jobs in bus manufacturing.”
At the moment electric and hybrid-power buses cost significantly more than ordinary buses. Local authorities and bus companies can apply for this funding to pay for the difference between purchasing a low carbon bus and its standard diesel equivalent.