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Midlands cities to get 18 new electric buses

By The Whisperer

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New electric buses will be introduced to Coventry and Derby, following investment secured from the Department for Transport’s Ultra-Low Emission Bus scheme.

A total of 10 electric buses will be joining the National Express Coventry fleet thanks to £2.2m of funding, while Trentbarton’s £1.5m will go towards eight battery-powered buses.

Cllr Jim O’Boyle from Coventry City Council says: “A key part of Coventry’s air quality plan is to reduce vehicle emissions, and that’s why it’s such good news that we have secured this funding to help improve our bus fleet emission standards.”

Jeff Counsell, Trentbarton MD, adds: “Reducing emissions caused by congestion in Derby is going to require significant and joined-up action by a wide range of organisations, including public transport providers.

“Trentbarton is committed to playing its part by consistently investing in the newest and cleanest buses.”

The funding is part of a national £48m investment that has been awarded to 19 local authorities and bus operators in England and Wales.