Cambridge gets green ticket for ZEBRA’s

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Cambridge residents will soon start to see the benefits of 30 new zero emission buses to be rolled out across the city.

The announcement was made by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of the Budget and Spending Review in Parliament yesterday (27 October).

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority and the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) received the news that their business case to help fund 30 new electric double-decker buses for the Cambridge area has been given the green light as part of the Zero Emission Buses Regional Area (ZEBRA) scheme initiative for 2021-22.

The successful business case, submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) in August 2021, provides an opportunity to make significant improvements to the serious air quality issues, which cause up to 100 early deaths each year, in one of the world’s most famous cities. It requested a grant award of £4.295 million to help provide zero emission replacements for the first 10% of the region’s 350-strong bus fleet in operation on the urban and interurban bus network across the region.

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