Wednesday 23 June 2021 / 10:00 AM Kerry McCarthy

The Government promised 4,000 new green buses 16 months ago – but not a single one has made it to the road

The Government promised 4,000 new green buses 16 months ago – but not a single one has made it to the road

Ministers promised 16 months ago they would deliver 4,000 new zero emission buses – yet not a single one has made it onto the road.

And since its initial pledge in February 2020, the Government has quietly downgraded its ambitions on greener transport.

Funding commitments made so far will cover just 500 new vehicles, despite the rest of England lagging far behind London on the roll out of electric buses.

Ahead of a visit to GoAhead’s green bus depot in Waterloo, Kerry McCarthy, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Green Transport, said:

“This is just the latest in a long line of examples of the Government talking a good game, yet failing to deliver.

“The GoAhead hub for green buses is an example of the efficient and clean transport infrastructure we need to see across the country, and another transport success story under a Labour Mayor.

“Labour is delivering cleaner, cheaper and better transport networks up and down the country, but the Government is still failing millions of passengers nationally. While we’re still waiting for the promised 4,000 zero emission buses, cuts to bus services and rising ticket costs will push more people into using more polluting forms of transport.”