UK government announces £120m funding for electric buses

The UK government has announced huge plans for more electric buses in a bid to cut emissions.

The UK’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps launched a scheme in March to enable local transport authorities to roll out zero-emission buses as the government continues to build back greener.

Up to £120 million is being made available through the zero-emission-buses regional area (ZEBRA) scheme, which allows local transport authorities to bid for funding to purchase electric buses, which will help to reduce the carbon emissions from their public transport.

This will deliver up to 500 zero-emission buses, supporting the government’s wider commitment to introduce 4,000 zero-emission buses.

“Zero-emission buses are great news all round. As well as addressing climate change and air pollution, this funding will boost the bus manufacturing sector and give more passengers the best modern buses,” says Silviya Barrett, head of policy, research and projects at Campaign for Better Transport.

Rubb can support local transport authorities by providing storage and maintenance facilities for the increase of zero-emission buses.

Rubb Sweden previously supplied a Thermohall® workshop for a fleet of commuter buses in Stockholm.

nobina bus warehouse

Transport company Nobina AB needed an eco-friendly building solution so maintenance work could be performed on its vehicles in close proximity to the company’s operational hub. Instead of driving the coaches to a different location for maintenance procedures, having a more local facility means Nobina can reduce CO2 emissions to lessen its impact on the environment.

Nobina is the Nordic region’s largest public transport service provider, delivering contracted public transport in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. In addition, Nobina offers express bus services under the Swebus brand in the Swedish market.

Rubb supplied a 25m (82ft) span x 30m (98.4ft) wide insulated Thermohall® structure, including heating, lighting and compressed air and power outlets near all work stations.

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