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Scotland launches £9m green bus scheme

Scotland launches £9m green bus scheme

Move aims to help drive a post-pandemic green recovery     The Scottish Government has opened a new Scottish Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme. This year, the scheme will provide £9m to help bus operators invest in ultra-low emission vehicles to help drive a green recovery out of the COVID-19 crisis while improving air quality. This...
Electric bus returns for further Tyneside trial

Electric bus returns for further Tyneside trial

Trial will help shape future thoughts on electric buses     An Optare Metrocity EV electric bus has returned to bus operator Go North East for a further trial. The bus will be running on the Quaylink Q3 service alongside Newcastle’s Quayside and through the busy city centre. The trial will help shape future thoughts...
Leeds suspends work on Clean Air Zone

Leeds suspends work on Clean Air Zone

Air quality improvements may mean government funding will no longer be forthcoming     Leeds City Council has announced it has decided to suspend plans to introduce a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The city had planned to introduce the scheme in January, but this was postponed as a...
Optare to launch fuel cell decker

Optare to launch fuel cell decker

Manufacturer teams up with Arcola Energy to launch Metrodecker H2   The Metrodecker H2 complements Optare’s existing range of low and zero emission buses   Yorkshire-based bus manufacturer Optare has announced it has partnered with Arcola Every to launch a hydrogen fuel cell-powered version of its Metrodecker double deck bus. The Metrodecker H2 hydrogen bus...
Public transport will be 'natural first choice'

Public transport will be ‘natural first choice’

Amid all the gloom about coronavirus, modal shift to public transport is centre stage in the government’s vision to decarbonise transport   Shapps: We will use our cars less   Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said that public transport and active travel “will be the natural first choice for our daily activities” as the UK...
Nat Ex - we won’t buy any more diesel buses

Nat Ex – we won’t buy any more diesel buses

Group will ‘lead the transition to zero emission coaches’   Environmental targets are to be included in all senior executive share schemes   National Express Group has set out a zero emission vision, which includes a pledge not to buy another diesel bus in the UK. The group’s ambition is to have a fully zero...
Design concept for UK hydrogen trains

Design concept for UK hydrogen trains

UK’s first hydrogen-powered trains could operate from 2021   Eversholt’s ‘Breeze’ hydrogen multiple units   Train manufacturer Alstom and rolling stock leasing company Eversholt have announced that they expect the UK’s first hydrogen-powered trains to be operating in 2021. It follows the completion of an engineering study and design concept for the conversion of Eversholt’s...
£56m plan to bring 105 e-buses to Manchester

£56m plan to bring 105 e-buses to Manchester

Stagecoach planning £21.5m bid for support from the government’s £48m Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme for fleet of full electric double-deckers   Alexander Dennis has already won orders for bettery-powered Enviro400 EV City vehicles from Metroline   Stagecoach is seeking government funding for a ambitious £56m plan to deliver Europe’s largest single investment in electric buses...
Fuel duty freeze cut public transport usage

Fuel duty freeze cut public transport usage

Seven-year fuel duty freeze has resulted in more pollution and congestion and fewer journeys by public transport, says Greener Journeys report   The seven-year fuel duty freeze ‘has resulted in a 4% increase in traffic since 2011’   When the Tory-led coalition government took power in 2010, transport secretary Philip Hammond pledged to “end the...
Euro 6 buses are the best value, says Dowie

Euro 6 buses are the best value, says Dowie

Buses with Euro 6 diesel engines are the best way of tackling air pollution in Britain’s cities, says First’s John Dowie. Rhodri Clark reports   Low emission vehicles on show at last week’s Welsh Bus Summit   Buses with Euro 6 diesel engines offer the best bang for the buck for authorities requiring rapid improvements...
CILT - Air Quality Plan is ‘weak and timid’

CILT – Air Quality Plan is ‘weak and timid’

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport says government’s plan should have supported the introduction of charges for polluting vehicles   Traffic in London   The government could do better than its “weak and timid” plan to tackle poor air quality, particularly given the urgency of public health risks, according to The Chartered Institute of...
Could British trains use free hydrogen fuel?

Could British trains use free hydrogen fuel?

Rolling stock leasing company director cites Alstom’s trial of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered train in Germany as a potential option for UK railways   Coradia iLint is Alstom’s new CO2-emission-free regional train and alternative to diesel power. It is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell   Hydrogen could provide free fuel for trains in the...