ADL welcomes Government’s green revolution

Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL), has welcomed the UK Government’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.

ADL has also welcomed the commitment to invest £120 million to begin the introduction of at least 4,000 more British built zero-emission buses. ADL said it is eagerly awaiting the publication of the National Bus Strategy and further detail of the two all-electric bus towns and the first fully zero-emission city centre.

A focus on hydrogen is part of the plans, which include creating a Hydrogen Village by 2025, with an aim for a Hydrogen Town, before the end of the decade. Of this funding, £240 million will go into new hydrogen production facilities.

Among the proposals is an investment of £5 billion for alternative greener ways of travel including cycling, walking, and buses. They also include the headline grabbing ending of the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, ten years earlier than planned.

Described as a green industrial revolution, the Prime Minister claims this package of measures, designed to be environmentally friendly, will create and support up to 250,000 British jobs.

Paul Davies, ADL President and Managing Director, said: “This is the very first step in honouring commitments to invest in green buses and will bring back much-needed demand in a sector whose expertise and capacity is essential as the United Kingdom seeks to build a more sustainable future.

“An investment in British built green buses is an investment in British communities that benefits the nation’s economy. As the industry’s leader we remain eager to see this announcement become a reality and put thousands of zero-emission vehicles on Britain’s roads. We stand ready to help drive the nation’s green recovery.”

Stephen Edwards, Chair of the Urban Transport Group and Executive Director of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, said: “We welcome the transport commitments in the Government’s plan for a Green Industrial Revolution and as the transport authorities for the largest urban areas in the country we look forward to working with Government to achieving these goals.

“If we are to decarbonise urban vehicle fleets then it is vital that we are at the top table in determining the right strategies for achieving this. From bus depots to charging points, and from smart grids to public information campaigns, we won’t be able to electrify and decarbonise urban vehicle fleets efficiently and effectively without city region transport authorities and local authorities being at the heart of the transformation. In order to fulfil this role we have recently put in place a series of working groups to share experience and work collectively across the city regions on decarbonising buses, freight, public service vehicles as well as on the supporting infrastructure and energy supply.”

  • For more on the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, click here.

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