In a bid to drive forward plans to clean up the air in towns and cities, the UK Government has pledged a £48m ($62.2m) investment to fund new environmentally-friendly vehicles and infrastructure.

Brighton and Hove Buses are among the 19 successful bidders across England and Wales and are set to receive £4.4m ($5.7m) from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) towards 20 hydrogen buses for Gatwick, Crawley and Manor Royal Business District.

Nottingham City Transport has also been awarded £1.1m ($1.4m) biomethane infrastructure.

This is the latest funding in a long line of investment designed to drive the uptake of zero emission vehicles, following the government’s £1.5bn $1.9bn) ‘Road to Zero’ strategy published last year.

 In line with the ‘Future of Mobility Grand Challenge’ - set out in the government’s modern Industrial Strategy - these measures chart a path for Britain to become a world leader in the zero-emission revolution, ensuring that the UK has cleaner air, a better environment and a stronger economy.

Buses Minister Nusrat Ghani revealed the news this morning at the UK Bus Summit.

“This government is doing more than ever before to reduce emissions across all modes of transport and I’m delighted to see the bus industry putting itself at the forefront of this,” she said.

Patrick Warner, Brighton and Hove Buses and Metrobus’ Head of Innovation Strategy, added, “We welcome the announcement that we’ve been successful in our bid for a contribution towards our plans for 20 zero-emission fuel cell electric buses.”

“This is a crucial step in our ambitious bid to operate a zero-emission fleet by 2030 and it will enable us to be the first commercial operator in the world to independently introduce this technology. We now look forward to advancing these plans.”

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