Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme

Information for local transport authorities in England, outside London, on the ZEBRA scheme.

Applies to England


Zero emission bus regional areas scheme 2021 to 2022 (Phase 2): business case development guidance

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We are no longer accepting applications for the ZEBRA scheme

If you have successfully completed Phase 1 selection, you will need to write a business case as part of Phase 2.

The ZEBRA scheme will provide up to £120 million for local transport authorities (LTAs), outside London, to support the introduction of zero-emission buses and the infrastructure needed to support them. This funding will support the introduction of the 4,000 zero-emission buses announced by the Prime Minister in February 2020.

LTAs had the opportunity to apply through the:

  • fast track process (deadline 21 May 2021)
  • standard process (deadline 2 July 2021)

The LTAs selected under the fast track process to progress to Phase 2 of the competition were announced on 6 July 2021. They are:

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority
  • Kent County Council
  • Leicester City Council
  • Milton Keynes Borough Council
  • Warrington Borough Council and
  • West Midlands Combined Authority

The 6 shortlisted authorities will now develop business cases for investment, with the government awarding the first tranche of funding from the ZEBRA scheme to LTAs that produce the strongest business cases.

On 27 July 2021, 17 further LTAs were selected under the standard process to progress to Phase 2 of the competition. They are:

  • Blackpool Council
  • City of York Council
  • Hertfordshire County Council
  • Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
  • Norfolk County Council
  • North Yorkshire County Council
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Oxfordshire County Council
  • Portsmouth City Council & Hampshire County Council
  • Sheffield City Region Combined Authority
  • Southampton City Council
  • Swindon Borough Council
  • Tees Valley Combined Authority
  • Transport for Greater Manchester
  • Transport North East
  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • Worcestershire County Council

These additional 17 LTAs will each create a business case for investment.

Published 30 March 2021
Last updated 3 August 2021 + show all updates
  1. A further 17 local transport authorities will progress to phase 2 of the ZEBRA scheme.

  2. 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.

  3. The application deadline has been extended until 2 July 2021 and phase 2 business case guidance released.

  4. Error correction: proforma updated to clarify the consideration of VAT.

  5. First published.