Warrington Borough Council has applied to become the UK’s first all-electric bus town.

The council has expressed its interest in the scheme to the Department for Transport, arguing it would support the council’s ambitions for greener and cleaner transport options throughout the borough.

The council said all operators in the borough would have provision to go electric. Its municipal operator, Warrington’s Own Buses, also covers 80% of the bus mileage in the borough.

Cllr Hans Mundry, the council's cabinet member responsible for transport, said: 'The opportunity to bid to have the UK’s first all-electric bus fleet was too good an opportunity to miss and would substantially support our commitment to tackling the climate emergency.

'Our Local Transport Plan (LTP4), which was adopted in December last year, notes our twin priorities of reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality. With the support of all of our local bus operators, who can see the benefits for themselves, we can work together to be part of a game-changing transport offering for the people of Warrington.'