Scotland announces £62m to support introduction of zero emission buses

Wed 02 March 2022 View all news

In the largest investment ever made in Scotland to decarbonise buses, the Scottish Government has awarded over £62 million through the first phase of the Zero Emission Bus Challenge Fund (ScotZEB).

The investment will support operators in replacing 276 old diesel buses with new battery-electric models and the required charging infrastructure.

Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth said: “We want more people to choose to travel by bus now and in the future and to do so, knowing that local buses are contributing to our climate change ambitions. 

“We’re providing £62 million in a way which attracts additional private sector investment, resulting in 276 new zero emission buses to be deployed across Scotland. 137 of these buses will be built in Falkirk – supporting skilled, green manufacturing jobs and benefitting the Scottish economy."

TransportXtra reports that the Welsh Government has earmarked £60m a year to help bus operators transition to zero-emission fleets, but the funding will not commence until 2023/24.

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