Worcestershire County Council is working towards the introduction of zero emission buses, as part of a national Government scheme.
The Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme is providing up to £120 million to Local Transport Authorities, outside London, to support the introduction of the buses and the infrastructure needed to support them.
The County Council successfully expressed an interest in receiving funding, as part of this scheme, and has now been asked to prepare a full business case for investment.
Councillor Alan Amos, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways and Transport, said: This is a fantastic scheme and one we’d very much like to be involved in within Worcestershire.
“As a Council, we’re committed to reducing the amount of carbon we produce, and we know that the transport sector is one area where improvements can be made.
“The implementation of a scheme like this in the county, would further support the Council’s ambitions to provide good quality, innovative, best value services.
“It is yet another example of where Worcestershire is at the forefront of applying for Government funding for such schemes. I’m delighted we have been chosen to develop this latest project, we have put forward”
The proposed extent of the ZEBRA scheme within Worcestershire would cover the Bromsgrove and Redditch districts.
This scheme is part of the Government’s commitment to decarbonisation and to reduce the transport sector’s contribution to CO2 emissions, this includes:
- Supporting the roll-out of the 4,000 Zero Emission Buses across the country
- To support bus manufacturers and other related suppliers in the development of zero emission bus technology
- Provide innovative ways to overcome challenges of introducing zero emission buses and supporting infrastructure.