The Department of Transport announced this week that they have set aside £12m in funds to help make sure that Britain’s roads are soon travelled almost exclusively by low carbon buses. The money will be used to purchase 213 new low carbon buses to help reduce the carbon footprint of the public transportation system.
The new measure is considered to be the fourth round of the Green Bus Fund and is a measure that was created in order to help reduce emissions and encourage all local authorities to think about purchasing eco-friendly vehicles to help boost the eco-friendly nature of their transport networks.
Since the Green Bus Fund was first introduced over four separate rounds of funding have helped lead to a total investment of £87m in green buses which together are predicted to reduce CO2 emissions of public transport vehicles by about 28,000 tonnes on an annual basis.
Norman baker, the Local Transport Minister, stated that an increase in demand for low carbon vehicles is very encouraging and added that there are many great benefits that come with investing heavily in low carbon technology. Baker went on to note that since the introduction of the Green Bus Fund there has been a lot more interest in green transportation than there was before.
He explained that buses are a very essential part of many people’s day to day travels and they are one of the key transportation methods for helping the economy continue to grow since they are vital workplace transportation. He added that while the growth continues they want to make sure that it is green which is why they are investing so much in low carbon green buses.