Cleaner buses and cleaner air for Southampton
Southampton City Council agreed today to accept £2.7m from the Government’s Clean Bus Technology Fund (CBTF) to retrofit buses with technology that will reduce harmful emissions.
Southampton is one of twenty cities that won Government money to address this issue from a total of £40m national funding. The aim is that older buses will as a consequence have lower emissions, and will take place prior to the introduction of the Southampton Clean Air Zone.
The four Southampton bus operators will benefit from the funding, and a total of 145 buses will be retrofitted by 2019. The bus companies have also agreed to provide match funding over the next two years of £815,680.
Cllr Rayment commented: ‘this is really positive step forward as part of the Labour Administration’s ambitious Clean Air Strategy. Bus use is increasing in the city, and we need the impact of those buses to have a minimal impact on the air we all breathe. This is particularly good news for busy routes across the city’s road network’.