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Eleven authorities share £5 million Clean Bus fund

The winners of a £5 million fund to reduce the emissions of the country’s buses have been announced.

Stopping dirty bus emissions: £5 million fund will pay for clean tech for local busesIn total, 11 local authorities will share the fund, pollutant-reducing technologies such as lower emission engines or exhaust after-treatment equipment to reduce the NOx emissions of buses currently in service.

In total, thirty-one local authorities in England (outside of Greater London) bid for grants of up to £1 million to support upgrading buses with clean engine tech, on the routes where air quality does not currently meet European Commission standards.

Following a bidding process first launched in June, the Department for Transport now announces that a successful 11 authorities will collectively upgrade 392 older buses operating in their areas with five types of pollution-reducing technology.

Announcing the winners of the Clean Bus Technology Fund, Local Transport Minister Norman Baker said: "The funding we are providing will help clean up emissions from older buses in some of our most polluted urban areas, with all the health benefits that brings."

"This will lead to real improvements in air quality on some of our most polluted streets, as well as helping to stimulate jobs and growth in the bus and environmental technology industries. I look forward to seeing how these initiatives are taken forward, and to the delivery of real results very soon. I hope that other parts of the country will adopt similar measures in the near future.”

DfT has already provided £5 million of funding, match-funded by the Mayor, to fit 900 London buses with exhaust after-treatment technology. It is reported to be already helping to make significant reductions in pollution in the capital.

The funding announced today will allow local authorities in other parts of England to clean up their buses in similar ways and deliver similar benefits.

The eleven local authorities to benefit are West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, Merseytravel, Greater Manchester, Southampton City Council, Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council, Suffolk County Council, Gateshead Council and Newcastle City Council, Lincolnshire City Council and City of Lincoln Council, St Albans City and District Council, Cheshire West and Cheshire Borough Council and finally Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. Each benefit from a grant worth between £36,000 and £999,957.

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