Team Lopez – Following the launch of the National Bus Strategy, the Government has announced that it will be providing up to £120 million to support the delivery of 4,000 zero emission buses, and the infrastructure needed to support them, as part of the Zero Emission Buses Regional Areas (ZEBRA) Scheme.
The ZEBRA package comes alongside the green pledges outlined in the National Bus Strategy; the funding will boost the number of zero emission buses on our roads and will held decarbonise the entire transport network by 2050.
As the Transport Secretary has outlined the letter attached below, the competition launch of up to £120 million for the ZEBRA scheme will drive forward the Government’s ambitions for more zero-emission buses; it will help local
authorities and businesses to purchase zero emission buses for our roads, will keep communities connected and will keep improving air quality in our towns and cities.
This scheme is an important step in realising the Prime Minister’s ambition set out in February 2020 to get 4,000 zero emission buses on the road. Further details, such as how to apply, can be found from the link below:
While the ZEBRA scheme will help provide new zero emission buses and infrastructure, the consultation on ending the sale of new diesel buses in England will be looking at other ways to assist with the decarbonisation of our transport system. The Government is currently consulting on what measures are to be used by us and others to support phase out, as well as what dates to end the sale of new diesel buses in England. This initial consultation closes on 11 April 2021.
The ZEBRA competition and our other recent announcements are just the beginning of the Government’s ambitious roadmap to a nationwide zero emission bus fleet, to ensure that local communities across the UK will benefit from our move to a zero-carbon emission future.