Zero Emission Buses in the North East

Transport North East, working in partnership with Go North East, Durham County Council and Northumberland County Council, recently submitted a full Business Case to the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Zero Emission Buses Regional Areas programme (ZEBRA) to deliver 73 zero emission buses to the streets of the region. This followed the North East’s successful Expression of Interest, which is available to read here.

Unfortunately, we received news in March 2022 that our ZEBRA funding bid had been unsuccessful. We’re now working closely with the Department for Transport to fully understand the reasoning behind this decision.

In the interim, we will continue to seek additional funding opportunities to invest in our public transport network and bring new sustainable modes of transport to the North East, so that we are able to deliver our region’s Transport Plan.

Go North East Voltra all electric bus driving up a road.
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Projects & Campaigns

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) policy
In March 2022, The North East Joint Transport Committee approved the first region-wide Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) policy, an outline of the region’s aim to lead the country in boosting the up-take of Electric Vehicles by developing and expanding charging
Bus Service Improvement Plan
The region’s first Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) unveiled a new £804 million bid to Government which transport leaders are confident will dramatically transform bus services across the North East.
Active Travel Campaign, ‘Go Smarter, Go Active’
In parts of the North East cycling is up between 5%-120%, and active travel is more popular than ever as people keep up their new love of walking and cycling post lockdown.