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16th Oct, 2021

Bromsgrove and Redditch a step closer to getting zero emissions buses under new scheme

A BID to introduce zero emission buses in Bromsgrove and Redditch as part of a Government scheme is one step closer.

The Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme is providing up to £120million to local transport authorities to support the introduction of the buses and the infrastructure needed to support them.

This scheme is part of the government’s commitment to decarbonisation and to reduce the transport sector’s contribution to CO2 emissions.

This includes:

Supporting the roll-out of the 4,000 zero emission buses across the country

To support bus manufacturers and other related suppliers in the development of zero emission bus technology

Provide innovative ways to overcome challenges of introducing zero emission buses and supporting infrastructure.

Worcestershire County Council, with the support of  Rachel Maclean, a transport minister, submitted an expression of interest to the Department for Transport to access the funding available.

It’s now been announced that the county council has been successful in this first step and has now been asked to develop a full business case for investment.

Should Worcestershire again be successful, the proposed ZEBRA scheme would cover both Bromsgrove and Redditch.

Coun Alan Amos, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways and Transport, said it was a fantastic scheme the authority would like to see in Worcestershire to support its ambitions to provide good quality, innovative, best value services.

“As a council, we’re committed to reducing the amount of carbon we produce, and we know that the transport sector is one area where improvements can be made.

“I’m delighted we have been chosen to develop this latest project, we have put forward”

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