STEPHEN MORRIS, editor of Buses from 1980 to 1999 and deputy chief executive of Bus Users UK until 2015, argues that electric vehicles may be cleaner, but will do nothing to make bus travel more attractive

While government grants have been found to clean up the exhausts of over 2,700 urban buses, Northamptonshire County Council is withdrawing all of its subsidies for supported services, including the demand responsive County Connect routes, which end in July. This is YJ15 ARF, a 15-seat Optare Solo M710SE operated by outsourcing contractor Kier MG, in Banbury on a service for Northampton villagers using the facilities of this Oxfordshire town.

The government took the opportunity at the UK Bus Summit in February for England’s new bus minister, Nus Ghani, to announce a £40million investment in technology to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions.

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