Laura Sharman 22 March 2019

Councils chosen to share £25m clean bus funding

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A £25m fund to upgrade buses with technologies that reduce harmful emissions will be shared by 14 local authorities.

The money, from the government’s Clean Bus Technology Fund, will help reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions in areas with poor air quality.

Environment minister Thérèse Coffey said: ‘I am delighted to announce a further £25m to retrofit 1,817 buses through the Clean Bus Technology Fund.

‘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.'

The Government has placed legal duties on 61 local authorities to tackle their nitrogen dioxide exceedances.

The councils to share the funding are: Newcastle, Leicester, London, Bristol, Gateshead, Manchester, West Midlands, Coventry, Oxford, West Yorkshire, South Tyneside, Liverpool, Sheffield and Essex.

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