Manchester City Region is set to benefit from even more eco-friendly buses after transport leaders were awarded £1.6 million from the government’s latest Green Bus Fund grants.
GMPTE, on behalf of Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority (GMITA), has made two successful bids to the DfT’s Green Bus Fund, which aims to encourage and help bus operators and local authorities buy new hybrid and electric buses.
The total grant awarded to GMPTE is £1.59 million and includes £1.26 million for 15 hybrid Yellow School Buses along with £0.33m for four low-carbon buses, to be used in the MediaCityUK area.
Councillor Ian Macdonald, Chair of GMITA, said: “We secured over £3 million of funding in the last Green Bus Fund, which is already being used to make several bus services in Greater Manchester more eco-friendly – including the popular Manchester Metroshuttle service.
“This latest announcement is another step towards achieving our environmental aims as well as supporting our aspirations to expand our fleet of Yellow School Buses and develop a new service in the MediaCity UK area, in conjunction with Salford City Council and other partners.”
Manchester Airport Group has also been awarded £527,840 for five vehicles.
In addition to the successful bids made by GMPTE and operators last year, the total number of ‘green’ buses coming to Greater Manchester is 138.
Councillor Keith Whitmore, Vice Chair of GMITA, said: “I am delighted at this news, which means that Greater Manchester is one of the most successful city regions at securing grants from the Green Bus Fund.
“Public transport has a vital role to play in helping Greater Manchester to reduce its carbon footprint and we are committed to doing what we can towards that goal.”