Arriva welcomes ZEBRA success

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Arriva is to invest in 72 new buses across its fleets in the North East and Midlands. The company has previously trialled a Wrightbus Electroliner in Leicester. ARRIVA

Arriva has welcomed the allocation of £43m ZEBRA funding to support 72 new low emission vehicles in the North East and Midlands

Arriva, working with local authority partners, has welcomed the news that it has been successful in bids to secure funding from the Government’s ‘ZEBRA’ zero-emission bus scheme. The bids were submitted alongside local transport authorities for Arriva’s operations in Leicester, Tamworth, Redcar, Durham and Darlington, and the award of funding could see 72 new fully electric buses coming into Arriva’s fleets in the north of England and the Midlands.

Alistair Hands, Managing Director for the Regions at Arriva UK Bus, said: “Partnership with local authorities is at the heart of Arriva’s strategy, so we are delighted to have been part of these successful bids for funding. By bringing fully electric zero-emission and modernised transport to our communities in both the North East and the Midlands, we will improve the passenger experience with cleaner, quieter, more comfortable journeys, while also investing in our longer-term vehicle decarbonisation plan.”

In Leicester, the funding of 25 double-deck electric buses will add to the 24 already purchased which Arriva expects to be operational by May this year. This will mean that around half of all services operated by Arriva in the city will be emission-free.