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Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Harmful emissions from some buses are a major contributor to poor air quality.

That’s why we work hard to find opportunities to make Greater Manchester’s bus fleet as clean and green as possible.

We’ve already made a series of successful bids for government funding to help us improve local buses and clean up the air we breathe.

In March 2018 government announced the £48 million Ultra-Low Emission Bus (ULEB) Scheme, which is funded by OLEV and administered by the Department for Transport.

This scheme aims to speed up the uptake of low emission buses in England and Wales and improve local air quality.

More electric buses on the way

On 6 February 2019 government announced we had been successful in bidding for £5.4 million to part-fund 23 new electric buses and charging infrastructure.

These clean, modern new buses will help to cut down on harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate emissions.

The buses will run on:

  • Services operating on the Leigh – Salford – Manchester busway (10)
  • The Manchester city centre free bus service (13)

Read a news release on this announcement.

You can download the original bid submission using the links at the bottom of this page.


TfGM Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme bid submission

Appendix 1 - Mayoral Letter of Support
Appendix 2 - FG Letter of Support
Appendix 3 - GHG and Air Quality Improvements Spreadsheet
Appendix 6 - TfGM Revised ULEBS WTW calculator (July 2018)