posted 5 years ago

Grants To Make Buses More Environmentally Efficient

Clean Bus Technology Fund

Five local authorities will receive grants to retrofit buses with environmentally friendly technology, the Department for Transport has confirmed. The Clean Bus Technology Fund will, therefore, improve air quality as the vehicles will produce less pollutants. This is particularly beneficial for those with breathing problems such as asthma, etc. As such, ninety-two buses will be fitted with selective catalytic reduction technology that forms part of the exhaust system. The benefiting authorities are: Brighton and Hove City Council (£750,000 for fifty buses), Sunderland City Council and Durham County Council (£275,500 for nineteen buses), Oxford City Council (£199,995 for eleven buses), Swale Borough Council (£150,000 for ten buses) and the City of York Council (£23,700 for two buses). These authorities were chosen following careful consideration of funding bids from thirty-one councils. Furthermore, nine-hundred buses throughout the capital have already been upgraded thanks to a £5 million grant that was matched by the Mayor. The result – the Department for Transport has claimed - is a 'significant reduction in pollution'.

Baroness Kramer Discusses Clean Bus Technology Fund

Baroness Kramer – a Liberal Democrat and Member of the House of Lords – said: 'This extra funding means more buses can be cleaned up so that they put out less pollution. Dozens of buses in five distinct areas will be improved with the money I am making available today, improving air quality for local communities. It will also boost jobs and growth by helping to stimulate our cutting edge green technology.' She added: 'I look forward to seeing the results of all the initiatives under the Clean Bus Technology Fund'.

How Selective Catalytic Reduction Technology Works

A selective catalytic reduction system reduces the volume of nitrogen oxide that flows out of the exhaust pipe. This requires it to propel urea – which breaks down nitrogen oxides – through a catalyst into the exhaust stream of a diesel engine. This sets-off a chemical reaction that converts nitrogen oxides into nitrogen/water. Clearly, this benefits the environment and the people that live in it. The urea solution is stored in a tank that must be replenished periodically, perhaps as the vehicle receives it annual service. According to, such a system can also improve a vehicle's fuel consumption which reduces its operating costs. That could be critical for an operator that is struggling to remain profitable in a tough economy. Interestingly, selective catalytic reduction technology is also utilised aboard tug boats, cargo ships, and passenger ferries.


I think Birmingham could cut down on the number of buses. Often I walk along the road at about 9pm with my dog and note there are only about 3 passengers on the bus. Also I went in to Birmingham about that time a few nights ago and I was the only passenger on a double decker bus.

why not have smaller buses where i live in rotherham double decker buses are 90% empty the drivers are screaming the hell out of the engines,single deckers are the same.rundown estates get the run down buses and the better of estates get the newer buses,how can they be making a profit running empty big old buses.billowing black exhaust fumes, why hasnt south yorkshire transport got any of this grant,