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14 councils to share 25m bus retrofitting fund

The government has announced details of the 14 local authorities who will share 25m of the Clean Bus Technology Fund to help retrofit their region’s bus fleets.

It followslast years 40m grantto 20 local authorities, which allowed councils to work with bus companies and technology providers to bring buses up to low emission standards.

Manchester will receive nearly 3m to retrofit 176 of their buses and Liverpool will receive 2.5m to retrofit 129 of theirs.

In total, 1817 buses are expected to be retrofitted across the country due to the cash injection.

Last month, the government announced they will give councils 48m to buy 263 Ultra Low Emissions Buses.

Environment Minister Thrse Coffey said: ‘We all know that air pollution is the top environmental risk to health in the UK. Nitrogen dioxide emissions must be lowered if we want to ensure cleaner and healthier air across the country.

‘Local authorities are the best placed to introduce systems that work for their areas, which is why we are working closely with them to ensure they have the appropriate funding and support.’

Full list of Clean Bus Technology Fund recipients:

Local AuthoritySum awardedNumber of buses
Newcastle379,60023
Leicester983,25053
London983,250500
Bristol983,250166
Gateshead230,75013
Manchester2,994,000176
West Midlands2,987,750222
Coventry2,517,500131
Oxford671,55037
West Yorkshire2,975,875179
South Tyneside133,9528
Liverpool2,520,643129
Sheffield3,000,000160
Essex387,06420
Total25,270,264.001817

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