Oxfordshire wins funding for electric buses

Last month, Oxfordshire County Council announced it was among 12 regional transport authorities to be awarded funding from central government to deliver 159 electric buses and the infrastructure needed to charge them.

Oxford Bus Company Zero Emissions Bus 046 recharging
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The Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas scheme (ZEBRA) provides funding to help local transport authorities (LTAs) outside London to introduce zero-emission buses and the infrastructure needed to support them.

Oxfordshire County Council has been awarded £32.8 million under the ZEBRA scheme, which will be combined with £6 million from the council itself and £43.7 million from the local bus companies to support plans to create a zero carbon transport network in Oxford.

In order to make the fleet transition financially viable and protect bus services, measures are needed to speed up bus journey times, which have become longer and less reliable as traffic volumes have increased over the years. Oxfordshire County and Oxford City Councils announced their revised joint proposals for prioritising public transport and active travel in Oxford earlier this year.

A public consultation on these proposals, which include a workplace parking levy, traffic filters and expansion of the zero emission zone, is scheduled for summer 2022.

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Successful funding bid set to bring 159 electric buses to Oxfordshire
A fleet of 159 state of the art electric buses is set to serve Oxford and its surrounding areas after a bid for government funding was approved.Oxfordshire County Council has been awarded £32.8 million from the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme.Along with £6m from the council itself an…
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