Hydrogen Bus Town is on its way

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At a meeting of the Transport Committee on 24 June, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps announced that there will be a hydrogen bus scheme alongside the electric bus town scheme, as well as outlining his departments path since the beginning of lockdown, and what he intends to do next as public transport deals with increasing numbers of users against a backdrop of much-reduced capacity.

Sitting for the first time since the very beginning of lockdown, Grant Shapps laid down plans for the way forwards for the industry to the Transport Committee on 24 June, as well as announcing the creation of an All-Hydrogen Bus Town scheme in parallel to the All-Electric Bus Town scheme, which has already seen 19 expressions of interest and will provide funding of up to £50m. Mr Shapps said that much had happened since the previous meeting, and that it had been a challenge to not shut down, but keep transport running and ensure it was able to function without the large numbers of passengers normally on the public transport system, with a delicate balance to be found between reducing massively the flow of passengers whilst preventing the system from falling over.

Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps said that an announcement will be made on creating the UK’s first all-hydrogen bus town. DUNCAN COGHLAN

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