130 new green eco buses are coming to Surrey in the next five years.
The county council has pledged £49 million to help speed up the introduction of ultra-low and zero emission buses, with the aim of having 80 buses and 50 minibuses on the road by 2025.
Councillors hope to have all buses across Surrey being ultra-low or zero emissions by 2030 as part of the scheme which will be supported by funding from operators and community transport groups.
Surrey County Council’s investment will see £32.3m allocated to buses, £6.3m for Community Transport vehicles, £9m for bus priority measures on the highway and £1.4m dedicated to improving the real time passenger information system.
Matt Furniss, Cabinet Member for Highways, said:
“This scheme is a key part of our significant investment in Surrey’s entire transport infrastructure to help address the climate change emergency and achieve a greener future.
“By acting now to reduce the environmental impact of buses, we can reduce harmful vehicle emissions and improve Surrey’s air quality whilst providing new, state of the art vehicles for a healthier travel experience.
“We know that our bus network is already highly valuable to many of our residents and we hope that buses, walking and cycling prove to be increasingly popular travel options in the future for journeys when cars aren’t essential.”
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