Transport funding and bids

We regularly bid for external funding to improve local transport.

Current bid applications

Access Fund bid

The County Council has submitted a successful Access Fund bid to the Department for Transport.

Find out more on the Access Fund page.

Low Emission Bus Scheme Fund

Our vision is that by 2025 our local tendered bus fleet will be comprised of low emission vehicles.

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has allocated a £500m funding package between 2015 and 2020 to help to deliver this change for local areas.

In spring 2015 the Government announced the Low Emission Bus Scheme (LEBS). This builds on the success of the Green Bus Fund, which ran from 2009 to 2013 and delivered around 1,250 low emission buses.

The LEBS scheme makes £30m available for local authorities and bus operators in England and Wales through a competitive bidding process. The LEBS has three primary objectives:

  • increase the uptake of low and ultra-low emission buses, speeding up the full transition to an ultra-low emission bus fleet in England and Wales, and reducing the need for subsidy support
  • support the improvement of local air quality. Buses are a significant contributor to the UK's air quality problems on some of its most polluted roads
  • support OLEV’s commitment of attracting investment to the UK.

Our Transport and Highways Committee gave approval to submit a bid to the fund on 8 October 2015.

The bid

Download a copy of the low emission bus scheme bid [PDF].

This bid seeks to support our vision by initially providing two electric buses and associated infrastructure. This will enable the introduction of low emission vehicles within Nottinghamshire, and supports Nottingham City Council's already successful deployment of a low emission bus fleet. It also provides the opportunity for cross-boundary routes to be operated with sustainable electric buses from both fleets. 

This bid has been prepared in consultation with Nottingham City Council. This proposal links in with a separate city council bid for electric bus infrastructure.

This bid will encourage increased use of public transport to address air quality issues across the Greater Nottingham Travel to Work Area (TTWA). This includes the Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA) in the City of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. This investment will also support Nottingham City Council's bid to create a low emission public transport zone in the city centre.

Information about electric buses in the City of Nottingham area is available on the Nottingham City Council website.

Awards are expected to be announced in January 2016.

Successful funding bids

Local Transport Plan

Information on our Local Transport Plan funding.

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