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Government awards £30 million funding for cleaner, greener bus journeys

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Hopefully the installation of infrastructure will encourage the operators to make even more of their fleets more environmentally friendly.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/...lion-funding-for-cleaner-greener-bus-journeys
Government awards £30 million funding for cleaner, greener bus journeys

From:Department for Transport,*Office for Low Emission Vehicles*and*Andrew Jones MP
First published:25 July 2016

Thirteen winners receive share of low emission bus fund to add 326 new buses to their fleets.


Bus passengers will benefit from cleaner, greener journeys thanks to £30 million of government funding confirmed today, Monday 25 July 2016, by Transport Minister Andrew Jones.

Bus operators and local authorities across England have been awarded a share of the funding to buy low emission buses and install chargepoints and other infrastructure. In total, the 13 successful bidders will be able to add 326 buses – including electric, hybrid, hydrogen and biomethane buses – to their fleets, and install more than £7 million worth of infrastructure.

Among the winners is Sheffield City Region, which has been awarded £1.3 million for 44 buses fitted with hybrid technology.

During a visit to the city, Transport Minister Andrew Jones said:

My message is clear – greener buses are good for passengers and good for British business.

Low emission buses have already proved to be a real success across the country. They are cost efficient, good for the environment, and there are wider benefits. We have provided more than £2 billion of funding to greener transport schemes since 2011, and by supporting this technology the government is ensuring the UK is driving innovation and investment up and down the country.

Other successful bidders include:

West Midlands Travel, which has been awarded more than £3 million to fund 10 hybrid and 19 fully electric buses, and install electric charging facilities
Birmingham City Council and Transport for London, which has jointly won £2.8 million for 42 state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell buses
Merseytravel, which has received £4.9million for a total of 72 biomethane, hybrid or electric buses and associated infrastructure
Nottingham City Transport which has received £4.4 million for 53 biomethane buses and infrastructure

Low emission buses produce at least 15% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the average modern diesel bus but they typically cost significantly more. The funding will cover up to 90% of the difference in cost between a new bus and its diesel equivalent, as well as up to 75% of the cost of infrastructure.

The*low emission bus scheme*builds on theGreen Bus Fund, which saw £89 million of government funding put more than 1,200 green buses on England’s roads – representing 4% of buses in service. The government has also invested more than £26 million since 2013 to retrofit more than 2,000 buses in pollution hotspots with low emission technology.

The government’s support for low emission buses is one part of a £600 million package of measures from the*Office for Low Emission Vehicles*by 2020, which also includes £400 million of guaranteed money for individual plug-in car grants, investment in ultra-low emission taxis, and research and development funding for innovative technology such as lighter vehicles and better car batteries.

A*full list of winning bids under the low emission bus scheme*is available.
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Here's the full list:
Apologies for the poor formatting as it is just copied from a table on gov.uk

Bidder Type of technology Number of buses Funding for buses Funding for infrastructure Total amount funded
Birmingham City Council and Transport for LondonHydrogen fuel cell42£2,814,000£1,000,000£3,814,000
Kingston University Hybrid7£347,400£347,400
Merseytravel Biomethane, Electric, Hybrid72£4,701,629£280,720£4,982,349Milton Keynes Borough Council Electric 11 £1,630,121£127,500£1,757,621
Nottingham City Council Electric£921,154£921,154
Nottinghamshire County Council Electric2£301,900£225,000£526,900
Nottingham City Transport Biomethane53£2,899,763£1,533,638£4,433,401
Reading Buses Biomethane16£63,655£1,658,000£1,721,655
Sheffield City Region Combined Authority Hybrid44£1,320,000£1,320,000
Transdev Blazefield Electric8£1,440,000£815,700£2,255,700Transport for London Electric34£4,584,000£416,000£5,000,000West Midlands Travel LimitedHybrid, Electric29£2,399,620£675,000£3,074,620West Yorkshire Combined AuthorityHybrid8£234,000£234,000TOTAL326£22,736,088£7,652,712£30,388,800

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The rumor going round is that they will either be Volvo; I presume the 7900 series, or Optare again with more I would assume Versa's.
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You'd think Optare would be the front runner, bearing in mind their recent Diesel engines orders, and the fact they have been trialling two electric Optare Solos.
 

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You'd think Optare would be the front runner, bearing in mind their recent Diesel engines orders, and the fact they have been trialling two electric Optare Solos.

I am inclined to agree with you, however Transdev and Volvo still have a good relationship, so you never know. We may see a double order!
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My bet would be the ones that are currently being used in Sweden I believe that have a railway like pantograph to charge the buses up, at designated areas.
Sam,

That would make sense, and account for the infrastructure element of the award, which would presumably be at the bus station.
 

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Interesting that its for 8 vehicles at Harrogate as whilst there are 8 Versas there that number exceeds the current PVR requirement and the Versas also work route 1 services and occasionally have found their way onto the 24 to Pateley Bridge. Presumably the charging time means more vehicles will be required although there are a number of housing developments proposed which might also account for the number. The 3 to Jennyfield is supposed to eventually become two different services (presumably 3A and 3B) running at a combined 10 minute interval service (instead of the 15 minute interval service at present), there is a housing development proposed beyond the existing 6/X6 Pannal Ash/Harlow Carr route and if Tesco ever gets built the 2B to Bilton is supposed to be extended westwards to serve it and Jennyfield, although its difficult to work out how that happens without either abandoning part of the 2B route or running an extra service the opposite way around its Bilton loop (2C?).
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My bet would be the ones that are currently being used in Sweden I believe that have a railway like pantograph to charge the buses up, at designated areas.
Sam,

The pantograph is part of the charging unit and is not carried on the bus.
 
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Interesting that its for 8 vehicles at Harrogate as whilst there are 8 Versas there that number exceeds the current PVR requirement and the Versas also work route 1 services and occasionally have found their way onto the 24 to Pateley Bridge. Presumably the charging time means more vehicles will be required although there are a number of housing developments proposed which might also account for the number. The 3 to Jennyfield is supposed to eventually become two different services (presumably 3A and 3B) running at a combined 10 minute interval service (instead of the 15 minute interval service at present), there is a housing development proposed beyond the existing 6/X6 Pannal Ash/Harlow Carr route and if Tesco ever gets built the 2B to Bilton is supposed to be extended westwards to serve it and Jennyfield, although its difficult to work out how that happens without either abandoning part of the 2B route or running an extra service the opposite way around its Bilton loop (2C?).

The current PVR for the 2A/2B, 3 and 6/X6 is actually 7, so 8 new buses would make sense. The electric Solos are often used on the peak X6 journeys, and I would imagine they, and the Versa's, would move elsewhere when the new electric Volvos enter service, which is expected to be in early 2018.
 

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Sheffield City Region Combined Authority Hybrid44£1,320,000£1,320,000

Sheffield seems to be getting a lot of buses compared to the amount of funding - maybe they'll be very small buses.

My understanding is that the Sheffield funding is to convert existing buses to Euro 5 (the 07/ 57/ 08 plate Geminis on First's 1a from High Green to Herdings, and the broadly equivalent aged Stagecoach vehicles on the parallel 1 from High Green to Batemoor - e.g. 07 plate ALX300s).

No new buses involved, no sexy new technologies with pantographs, just upgrading the engines to something more efficient/ less polluting.

Good news, don't get me wrong, just not as great as any headlines may encourage people to believe.
 
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