|DfT announces Funding For A Further 70 Hybrid Buses|
Local Assembly Member will be pushing for some of these to come to Putney
Following the announcement of a further £5m for 70 additional hybrid busses, local AM Richard Tracey told PutneySW15.com:"This is further good news. We shall of course be pushing for some to come to Putney High street routes"
The funding from DFT’s Green Bus Fund means that at least 400 cleaner hybrid buses are expected to be operating on London’s streets by the end of March 2013. There are currently over 260 hybrid buses operating in London.
Mike Weston, London Buses Operations Director, said:
“London continues to lead the way on hybrid buses, with our efforts contributing to the concerted effort to cut the Capital’s CO 2 emissions and pollution. We are making excellent progress in this new and exciting technology and remain committed to maximising the number of new hybrid buses entering service.”
The Department for Transport's Green Bus Fund was set up to support bus companies and local authorities, such as TfL, to introduce low carbon vehicles which will have a positive effect on the environment. TfL was awarded £5m in 2009, £8m in 2010 and £5m in 2011 by the Fund.
Hybrid buses are part of a wider package of measures to improve the capital’s air quality. This includes the New Bus for London which uses the latest hybrid technology, and funding secured late last year to equip up to 1000 buses with NOx abatement equipment.