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22 Mar 2024

Arriva Group welcomes ZEBRA funding bid success in five locations served by its UK Bus division

Arriva Group welcomes ZEBRA funding bid success in five locations served by its UK Bus division: Electric Bus during a trial in Leicester

  • ZEBRA funding awarded to support 72 new zero emission vehicles coming into Arriva’s fleets in the North East and the Midlands.
  • Working in partnership with Local Transport Authorities has been key to successful bids.
  • Including the Zebra award, it is expected that around £43 million would be invested in vehicles and infrastructure across the five successful locations.

Friday, March 22: Arriva has been successful, alongside its local authority partners, in bids to secure funding from the UK Government’s ‘ZEBRA’ scheme for new zero emission buses, following an announcement by the Department for Transport (DfT) earlier today. 

The bids were submitted alongside local transport authorities for Arriva’s operations in Thurmaston (Leicestershire), Tamworth, Redcar, Durham and Darlington and will be welcome news for those communities.  The award of funding could see 72 new fully electric buses coming into Arriva’s fleets in the north of England and the Midlands.

The ZEBRA (Zero Emission Bus Regional Area) scheme was introduced by the DfT to encourage local authorities to work in conjunction with their transport partners and apply for additional funding to accelerate the introduction of zero emission buses and supporting infrastructure in towns and cities across the UK.  Arriva shares the Government’s ambition and is keen to partner with authorities and stakeholders on driving forward the decarbonisation agenda.

Alistair Hands, Managing Director, Regions, Arriva UK Bus, said: “Partnership with local authorities is at the heart of Arriva’s strategy, so we are delighted to have been part of these successful bids for funding.  By bringing fully electric zero-emission and modernised transport to our communities in both the North East and the Midlands, we will improve the passenger experience with cleaner, quieter, more comfortable journeys, while also investing in our longer-term vehicle decarbonisation plan.”

In Leicestershire, the funding of 25 double decker electric buses would add to the 24 which Arriva expects to be operational by May this year.  This will mean that around 50 per cent of all services operated by Arriva in the Leicester area will be zero emission.

Arriva UK Bus is the third-largest provider of bus services in regional markets, outside London, with rural, urban and inter-urban services. It is also one of the market leaders in London, where it operates around 17 per cent of all bus services operating there. 

Notes to editors:

Arriva partnered with the following authorities to submit ZEBRA funding bids for the five areas:

  • Leicestershire County Council (Thurmaston)
  • Staffordshire County Council (Tamworth)
  • Transport North East (Durham)
  • Tees Valley Combined Authority (for both Redcar and Darlington)

About Arriva Group:

Arriva is a leading provider of passenger transport across Europe, employing around 34,500 people and delivering around 1.6 billion passenger journeys across 10 European countries. With buses, trains, coaches, trams, waterbuses, bike-sharing systems, and on-demand transport solutions, Arriva proudly connects people and communities safely, reliably and sustainably, delivering these services in a better way, every day. The activities of Arriva are divided into four lines of business: UK Bus, UK Trains, The Netherlands and Mainland Europe. Arriva has operations in the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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Electric Bus during a trial in Leicester: Electric Bus during a trial in Leicester

Electric Bus during a trial in Leicester