Local authorities are being urged to bid for a share of £5m to retrofit buses with emission-cutting technology.
The Clean Bus Technology Fund 2015 will be open for bids until the end of October, and will provide successful local authorities with up to £500,000 to help tackle air pollution.
Transport minister Andrew Jones said: ‘The £5 million Clean Bus Technology Fund will provide hundreds of cleaner buses to improve air quality in towns and cities across England and I urge local authorities to submit bids.
‘The funding will also support the British industries helping deliver the technology. Today’s announcement continues the government’s commitment to improve air quality by upgrading existing vehicles on the road while also backing the low-emission solutions for the future.’
The Government also launched its £500,000 Air Quality Grant Scheme yesterday, to support projects that improve air quality such as developing local cycling projects and implementing local low emission strategies.