To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of orders for zero emission buses using funding from the Zero Emission Buses Regional Area scheme have been secured by UK manufacturers.
26 April 2022
In March 2021 the Transport Secretary launched the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme which was open to local transport authorities who were able to bid for funding to introduce zero emission buses and the infrastructure needed to support them in their areas.
In October 2021, the Government announced £70.8 million of funding to be awarded under the fast track process of the ZEBRA scheme to 5 local transport authorities, supporting the introduction of 335 zero emission buses and associated infrastructure.
On 26 March 2022, the Government announced £198.3 million of funding under the standard process of the ZEBRA scheme to 12 local transport authorities, supporting the introduction of 943 zero emission buses and associated infrastructure.
Orders for zero emission buses will be placed by local transport authorities or bus operators. UK bus manufactures are well placed to secure orders for zero emission buses from the ZEBRA scheme. We expect first orders to be placed later this year.