Eleven buses for Lincoln will be upgraded with gas powered engines in a bid to reduce pollution in the city.
Lincolnshire County Council successfully bid for the Department for Transport’s Clean Bus Technology Fund and was awarded £231,000.
The funding will go towards upgrading 11 ‘BioBuses’ introduced in 2011 from dual-fuel (diesel and biomethane) to fully gas powered engines.
The technology will mean the buses are more environmentally-friendly by reducing the amount of ‘oxides of nitrogen’ (NOx) emissions.
The current dual-fuel buses operate predominantly in the uphill area of Lincoln.
Funding will also allow for a new gas fuelling station at the Stagecoach depot on Deacon Road in Lincoln.
Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “I am delighted that our bid for funding was successful.
“Not only does this news represent a quarter-of-a-million-pound injection into the local economy, it will also help us to significantly improve air quality in Lincoln.
“Working alongside Stagecoach, we identified 11 buses that operate on some of the county’s most polluted streets.
“By reducing the emissions of these vehicles we can improve air quality in those areas, which will improve the quality of life for people living there.”