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Funding granted to ensure cleaner and more reliable journeys for bus travellers

Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk was pleased to invite the Secretary of State for Transport to Cheltenham to visit the Stagecoach Depot after Gloucestershire County Council was awarded £5.9m in Government funding.

The funding is aimed at decarbonising its bus fleets so that passengers can enjoy cleaner, more reliable and more comfortable journeys.

The money will fund 58 electric buses – including buses used for the 94 and 94x service between Cheltenham and Gloucester and the buses used for the 801 service between Cheltenham and Moreton-in-Marsh.

The new buses will not only be cleaner, helping improve local air quality for bus passengers and local communities, but they will also be more modern, sustainable and efficient meaning that bus passengers in Cheltenham can enjoy more reliable and more comfortable journeys.

The funding comes as part of a £143million investment to roll out 955 zero-emission buses across 25 local councils in England which will ensure that buses are more efficient, comfortable and sustainable.

Mr Chalk also took the opportunity to thank the Transport Secretary for the funding boost announced earlier this year for more bus services in Cheltenham, including the new hourly Service R connecting St Paul’s, Rowanfield and wider west Cheltenham areas with Cheltenham town centre.

Buses are vital to people across Cheltenham, helping people to get to work, school, and appointments – and making those journeys as reliable and comfortable as possible makes a real difference to people’s lives.

MP Alex Chalk

“So I am delighted that Gloucestershire County Council has been awarded £5.9m for more modern and reliable fleets making journeys easier, greener and more enjoyable.
“With Cheltenham’s buses becoming more frequent, more reliable and with fares capped until at least November, this marks major progress in our collective campaign for better bus services here in Cheltenham.”

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: “As part of our plan to improve local transport across the country, we’re providing a further £143million to improve journeys for bus passengers particularly in rural areas, with almost a thousand brand new, zero-emission buses due to hit the road.

“This latest investment into our bus fleet comes on top of the £3.5 billion we have invested into our bus network since 2020, protecting and improving bus routes into 2025 as well as extending the £2 bus fare cap until the end of 2024, made possible by reallocated HS2 funding.”



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