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Public Transport: Exhaust Emissions

Transport written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Simon Kirby Simon Kirby Conservative, Brighton, Kemptown

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to promote the use of green vehicles for public transport.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

The Government's Carbon Plan, published in December 2011, details our plans to deliver reductions in carbon emissions from the transport and other sectors over the coming decades. We are taking several steps to improve the environmental performance of public transport including:

A major programme of rail electrification, leading to significant environmental and other benefits.

A Green Bus Fund, providing some £75 million of support for low carbon buses. Three rounds of the fund have supported the purchase of around 960 new low carbon buses. Each low carbon bus saves operators around a third in fuel costs and emits at least 30 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions than a comparable diesel bus.

A £1 million fund for targeted air quality improvements in London which will allow around 900 older buses to be retrofitted with pollution reducing equipment.

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