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Invest in more low-emission buses

Last updated: 09:22am 16 January 2019

We will invest in more low-emission buses, as well as supporting audio-visual displays for bus passengers and community minibuses for rural areas poorly served by public transport.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.24

Our verdict

For several years now, governments have acknowledged that climate change is taking place due to human activity and that while they are in power they have a responsibility to do what they can to address that. Transport accounts for around a quarter of the UK’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and this policy to invest in low emission buses is one of a suite of strategies to try and bring that total down, thereby reducing both localised pollution and our impact on the wider environment and climate.

In November 2016, £100 million of funding was announced “for the period 2017/18 to 2020/21 to…support low emission buses”. Under the current government, that funding has been used to expand the Low Emission Bus Scheme to six more councils and local bus operators, and the “remaining £48m for new buses will be used to run a more ambitious Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme”.

Even though this initiative began under a previous administration, the government has released funds, followed through on its commitment to invest in low emission buses, and is monitoring the impact and performance of the bus schemes, so we’re marking this policy as ‘done’. We’ll continue tracking and will update with any further developments. Follow this policy to get updates.

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