£4.75m Green bus boost for Scotland

In the latest, and largest, round of the Scottish Green Bus Fund (Round 5) 4.75m is expected to secure 40-45 new vehicles for Scotland’s operators. .

Since the Scottish Green Bus Fund was launched in 2010, 126 low carbon buses have been purchased by bus operators, which can deliver 30% reductions in greenhouse gas emissions as compared with typical Euro III diesel buses, along with significant fuel savings.

Bus operators, local authorities and Regional Transport Partnerships across Scotland will shortly be invited to submit applications for funding. Details will be published on the Transport Scotland website.

Transport Minister Keith Brown [pictured] said: “I am pleased to announce further financial support for the Scottish Green Bus Fund which sets out our commitment to the bus industry in Scotland.

“We have already awarded around 10m to bus operators for the purchase of low carbon buses since the scheme was launched in 2010.

“The Scottish Government is committed to public transport and to our climate change target of reducing carbon emissions by 42% by 2020.”

“Low carbon transport benefits us all through an improved environment and a strong public transport network plays a part in this.”

The following funding has been awarded:

  • 2.4m – 2013/14
  • 1.9m – 2012/13
  • 1.5m – 2011/12
  • 4.3m – 2000/11