Lincolnshire is going to be one of the first to be an all electric bus town in the UK. This is due to £50 million of funding from the Department of Transport for the county to be used as a model for the rest of the country.
The government aim is to have every bus in the country to be fueled by electricity by 2025. This is part of a series of measures to improve
services and make public transportation greener through a £170 million fund, £70 million of which will go towards a low fare, high frequency super bus network which will benefit from more bus lanes as well as other priority measures.
These new electric buses will help towards reducing the air pollution in Lincolnshire and surrounding areas, with road traffic being the main source of air pollution in our area, switching to all electric buses will go a long way to reduce it and create a cleaner environment.
Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “North East Lincolnshire is leading the way with its growing renewable hub and cleaner energy ambitions. The success of this bid will be key to supporting our ambition of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Road traffic is the main source of air pollution in North East Lincolnshire and moving to an electric bus fleet will
address this and substantially reduce the amount of air pollution created on our roads. Our expression of interest for this funding clearly demonstrates our commitment and ambition to becoming a cleaner and greener area.”
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Buses carry more people than any other form of public transport in the UK, and with 200 electric buses able to offset 3,700 diesel cars, it is clear they have a crucial role to play in bringing down emissions.”
Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, said: “Relied upon by millions of people, buses have been sidelined by the Government for too long. We hope this much-needed funding package will be followed by a long-term funding settlement to set our most-used form of public transport on the road to a brighter future.”