More than £6 million in funding has been awarded to Nottingham City Council to help reduce carbon emissions.

Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin recently announced Nottingham as one of four cities receiving funds for low carbon, sustainable transport due to a £35 million government initiative.

This comes after the University was newly awarded the title of the most environmentally-friendly campus in the world for a fourth time.

“This £6.1 million award enables Nottingham to become a hub for low carbon, future-proofed transport”

The money has come from the Go Ultra Low city fund provided by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

It will, according to Councillor Nick McDonald, (Jobs, Growth, and Transport), help toward securing the goal of Nottingham as the UK’s greenest city.

“Being successful with this £6.1 million award enables Nottingham to become a hub for low carbon, future-proofed transport,” he commented.

“It will help us develop our green transport agenda in Nottingham; we’re going to be using it for things like electric charging infrastructure to create a cleaner air zone in the middle of the city and to create corridors around the city that will allow priority for electric vehicles”.

“It is fabulous that these schemes are being implemented so that future generations will have an environmental consciousness that we now lack”

The Go Ultra Low bid is one of three initiatives that Nottingham City Council have put in to make Nottingham city transport greener. Others include a bid for 86 gas busses as well as money to develop low emission taxis.

Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said: “The £6 million funding by Government, combined with local investment, will transform the roads for residents in and around the city”.

Other initiatives put forwards by Nottingham City Council include the sale of more plug-in cars and a plan to allow electric cars to use bus lanes, similar to that in London.

American and Canadian Studies student Demetrizia Cabatingan, stated: “In my opinion, it is fabulous that these schemes are being implemented so that future generations will have an environmental consciousness that we now lack”.

Grace Braithwaite

Image: blogs.nottingham.ac.uk

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