Additional funding for Scotland’s green buses

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A second round of Scotland’s Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme will provide £25m to bus operators and manufactures wanting to transition to zero emission vehicles.

The scheme, which launched in August 2020, is designed to help drive a green recovery from Covid-19.

According to the Scottish government, this latest funding round is expected to support around 140 new battery-electric buses and associated infrastructure.

Jim Skea, chair of the Just Transition Commission, said: “Investing in our bus services can play a vital role in delivering a just transition to net-zero, particularly as we look to rebuild following the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The announcement is a welcome vote of confidence in the future of our public transport system, which provides vital services to so many and will play a key part in helping to bring emissions down in this sector.

“It will also give a much-needed boost to the world-leading supply chain we have here in Scotland.”

The first round of funding saw £10.8m provided to enable the purchase of 62 new buses, 35 of which were manufactured in Scotland.

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