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UK to make all public busses electric by 2025

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https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51391764

England's first town to have all-electric buses will be created through a £50m fund, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.

Local authorities can bid for money to help pay for a new fleet of electric buses.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said buses had "a crucial role to play in bringing down emissions".

Darren Shirley, head of the Campaign for Better Transport, called it a "good start" after years of cuts to services. The DfT said that the winning town would be used as a model by government as it aims to ensure all buses are fully electric by 2025.

The transport secretary said: "With 200 electric buses able to offset 3,700 diesel cars, it is clear they have a crucial role to play in bringing down emissions."

Mr Shapps added: "This £170m package will help us to create communities which are cleaner, easier to get around and more environmentally friendly, speeding up journeys and making them more reliable."

About £30m of funding will go to English local authorities outside of London in 2020, to help them improve or restore bus services that have been cut.