Blackpool Transport announces plans to turn town into 'zero emissions bus area' by 2023

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Blackpool Transport, along with the council, has submitted an application for a £19.6m Government grant and a £28.4m shareholder loan in the hope of bringing electric buses to the resort's roads by autumn 2023.

If successful, the money will be used to redevelop the bus depot at Rigby Road, installing charging areas to accommodate a full electric bus fleet.

Blackpool Transport buses currently run on diesel engines, making them some of the cleanest on the market. The company has recently joined the Department for Transport' s ZEBRA (zero emission bus regional area) scheme in an effort to drive down its carbon footprint further.

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The scheme encourages councils and their local transport partners to apply for additional funding to accelerate the introduction of fully electric public transport.

It aims to support the government’s commitment to reduce the transport sector’s CO2 emissions by rolling out 4,000 zero emission buses, which were promised by transport secretary Grant Shapps in February 2020.

It also aims to support bus manufacturers in the development of zero emission bus technology, and improve Britain's understanding of how best to introduce the new buses on a large scale.

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