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Scotland's bus sector gets a £26m lifeline

23/06/2022

The Scottish Government has confirmed an additional £25.7m to extend recovery funding for the country’s bus sector but the current support scheme will end in October.

Live testing of UK’s first full-sized autonomous bus begins

25/04/2022

The UK’s first full-sized autonomous bus will take to the roads of Scotland for the first time this week as live testing begins for project CAVForth.

Councils ‘shafted’ over £1bn bus funding allocations

05/04/2022

The Government has announced a raft of local transport cash allocations but the news was overshadowed by angry local reactions, notably from South Yorkshire Mayor Dan Jarvis who exclaimed: 'We have been shafted'.

Greater Manchester secures £35.8m to enhance green bus fleet

30/03/2022

In a major boost to Greater Manchester’s net zero ambitions the combined authority has secured £35.8m in funding to introduce 170 green buses to the region.

Consultation on end date for sale of new non-zero emission buses launched

29/03/2022

The Department for Transport has launched a consultation on setting an end date for the sale of new non-zero emission buses, coaches and minibuses.

West Midlands gets ready for fleet of 124 hydrogen buses

28/03/2022

A fleet of 124 new environmentally friendly hydrogen fuelled buses will be taking to the streets of the West Midlands following the approval of a £30m Department for Transport grant.

Local areas to share £200m to help fund zero emission buses

28/03/2022

Twelve areas in England will share grants totalling nearly £200m to help fund zero emission buses and charging or fuelling infrastructure.

Sheffield City Council launches new shuttle bus

25/03/2022

Sheffield City Council has announced plans to provide free travel around the city centre with a new shuttle bus.

Liverpool City Region takes steps to bring bus services under public control

28/02/2022

Plans to franchise bus services across the Liverpool City Region have taken a step forward, said mayor Steve Rotheram.

Council-owned bus company welcomes new fleet of zero-emission buses

31/01/2022

Council-owned bus company Cardiff Bus has taken delivery of a new fleet of 36 Yutong E12 zero-emission single-decker buses as the operator strives to reduce its carbon emissions.

Coventry set to welcome 130 zero-emission double decker buses

19/01/2022

A fleet of 130 zero-emission double decker buses will be introduced next year as part of a £140m project to make Coventry the UK’s first all-electric bus city.

The role of hydrogen buses in decarbonisation

21/12/2021

Nick Power, hydrogen business development manager – EMEA, Haskel Hydrogen Systems Group, looks at the role of hydrogen buses in decarbonisation.

Bus operators warn of £5bn funding gap

26/11/2021

Bus operators have warned of a multi-billion-pound funding gap between plans by local authorities and bus operators to improve services and the funding promised by the Government.

Councils warn investment in bus services is vital to meet climate targets

10/11/2021

The Government must fully fund the concessionary bus fares scheme if councils are to decarbonise fleets, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Greater Manchester plans carbon neutral transport network

09/11/2021

Greater Manchester has set out its ambition to become the first city-region with a carbon neutral transport network.

Derry to have zero-emission bus fleet by 2023

05/11/2021

Derry will become one of the first cities in the UK and Ireland to have a fully zero emission bus fleet after receiving a £30m funding boost.

Council plans to have fully electric bus fleet by 2030

01/11/2021

Leicester City Council has set out how it plans to have an entirely electric fleet of buses by 2030.

Chancellor confirms £9.5m funding to electrify Kent CC’s Fastrack fleet

28/10/2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday confirmed as part of the spending review that £9.5m will be awarded to Kent County Council from the Department for Transport’s ZEBRA fund.

Go-Ahead Group calls for bus decarbonisation roadmap

27/10/2021

One of Britain’s largest bus operators has welcomed news of funding for transport schemes in the Autumn Budget but urges a clear roadmap for decarbonisation of the national bus fleet.

Government ‘must step in’ to deliver on 4,000 zero-emission buses promise

25/10/2021

A transport charity is calling for more to be done to deliver a zero-emission bus fleet as figures reveal only a tiny proportion of buses on the road are currently electric.

‘Carbon Battle Bus’ rolls into Tees Valley

22/10/2021

A 100% electric ‘Carbon Battle Bus’ rolled into the Tees Valley this week, just 24 hours after the region was selected by the Government to lead the UK’s net zero ambitions.

Government criticised for ‘slow progress’ in zero-emissions buses rollout

20/10/2021

The UK’s three bus manufacturers today joined forces to urge the Government to speed up its rollout of 4,000 UK-made zero-emissions buses, ‘parking the bus’ in Westminster to drive home the point.

Solihull trials autonomous shuttle bus

27/09/2021

Solihull has become one of the first places in the UK to see driverless vehicles take to its roads as part of new passenger trials.

Wrightbus to showcase two new zero-emission buses

21/09/2021

The manufacturer of the world’s first hydrogen-powered double deck bus will unveil two new single deck zero-emission buses at the Millbrook Proving Ground this week.

Your route to minibus procurement

09/09/2021

Minibuses are an important and flexible part of your fleet, but the procurement process can be daunting. Crown Commercial Service is here to help you source a minibus that meets your needs.

Leicester’s green buses get Blues’ names ahead of Wembley trip

09/08/2021

A fleet of electric buses that have brought cleaner, greener travel to Leicester are now bearing the names of the players who helped win the FA Cup for the city for the first time.

Birmingham gets first hydrogen bus

28/07/2021

Birmingham City Council has unveiled the first of its 20 new hydrogen buses, which are set to be in operation later this year.

Council mini-buses converted to mobile COVID testing units

13/07/2021

Two Glasgow City Council mini-buses have been converted into mobile COVID testing units which will offer rapid tests to people without symptoms.

Reading council submits expression of interest for electric buses

12/07/2021

Reading Borough Council has submitted an official expression of interest to the Government’s Zero Emission Bus Regional Area fund (ZEBRA) to roll out electric buses across Reading.

Fresh livery for vaccination shuttle buses in Manchester

08/07/2021

Shuttle buses decked out in new livery are ready to hit the road in Manchester, ferrying people from south-central neighbourhoods to the Belle Vue vaccination centre.

First shortlist unveiled for £120m zero emission buses funding

07/07/2021

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced its first shortlist from the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme, providing £120m to support the roll-out of zero emission buses across England.

First fully electric double decker buses arrive in Edinburgh

29/06/2021

Edinburgh has received its first fully electric double decker buses, thanks to major funding from SP Energy Networks working in partnership with Lothian Buses.

Liverpool City Region to double planned hydrogen bus fleet to 40

10/06/2021

Liverpool City Region’s planned hydrogen bus fleet could double in size, according to the combined authority.

Hereford set to introduce a fleet of electric buses

08/06/2021

The Government has announced the latest round of towns deals, which will see 26 towns across England share over £600m.

Aberdeen’s hydrogen bus fleet notches up first 100,000 miles

27/04/2021

First Aberdeen and Aberdeen City Council are celebrating this week after their hydrogen double-decker bus fleet notched up its first 100,000 miles of operation.

Transdev invests £2.4m to launch East Lancashire bus network

22/04/2021

North of England bus operator Transdev is investing £2.4m in an all-new fleet of 23 North West-built Strata Ultra buses from manufacturer Mellor as it prepares to launch a new network of routes across East Lancashire.

Gateshead council welcomes ‘futuristic’ electric bus fleet

30/11/2020

The North East’s first carbon-neutral fully electric bus fleet is being introduced onto the streets of Gateshead, the local authority has announced.

First-ever zero emission bus fleet in West Yorkshire unveiled

13/10/2020

The first-ever zero emission bus fleet in West Yorkshire has been unveiled in Leeds.

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