Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme
Information for local transport authorities in England, outside London, on the ZEBRA scheme.
Applies to England
The October 2021 Spending Review announced that a further £150 million would be available to support the ZEBRA scheme, taking the total funding available for the scheme to £270 million in the financial year 2021 to 2022, from the initial allocated £120 million.
This funding is to help local transport authorities (LTAs), outside London, to introduce zero-emission buses and the infrastructure needed to support them.
On 27 October 2021, it was announced that funding worth almost £71 million was awarded to the first 5 LTAs selected under the fast-track process. This funding will support up to 335 zero emission buses in:
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority
- Kent County Council
- Leicester City Council
- Milton Keynes Borough Council
- Warrington Borough Council
On 26 March 2022, it was announced that funding worth £198 million to support up to 943 zero emission buses was awarded to 12 LTAs selected under the standard process. They are:
- Blackpool Council
- City of York Council
- Hertfordshire County Council
- Norfolk County Council
- North Yorkshire County Council
- Nottingham City Council
- Oxfordshire County Council
- Portsmouth City Council & Hampshire County Council
- South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority
- Greater Manchester Combined Authority
- West Midlands Combined Authority
- West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Last updated 26 March 2022 + show all updates
Funding worth £198 million will be awarded to the 12 areas that have successfully completed the ZEBRA standard track process.
Funding worth £71 million to be awarded to the first 5 areas that have successfully completed the ZEBRA fast track process.
A further 17 local transport authorities will progress to phase 2 of the ZEBRA scheme.
Applications for the ZEBRA scheme are no longer being accepted. Six shortlisted local authorities have been selected under the fast track process to progress to Phase 2 of the competition.
The application deadline has been extended until 2 July 2021 and phase 2 business case guidance released.
Error correction: proforma updated to clarify the consideration of VAT.