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Green buses promise to create jobs and cut air pollution.

A business titan has unveiled plans for thousands of environmentally-friendly buses which he believes could help lead the recovery from lockdown.

Jo Bamford, the heir to JCB, wants to roll out 3,000 hydrogen buses, 400 of which could hit the streets of the West Midlands.

Mr Bamford said his plans were "an ideal option for a Government that needs to boost UK manufacturing at this critical time whilst radically reducing our carbon emissions and air pollution", and has already submitted his vision in a document to ministers. Plans are being drawn up to introduce the fleet of buses - featuring USB charging points and more spacious seating - in cities including, Birmingham, London, Liverpool and Manchester. The senior JCB figure and the son of Lord Anthony Bamford, who leads a green hydrogen production company, Ryse, and last year acquired Wrightbus, a UK manufacturer who have made the world's first hydrogen double deck bus, believes that zero carbon, UKmade hydrogen technologies must play a pivotal role in driving the British economy forward. Mr Bamford said: "We have an opportunity with hydrogen powered transport to make a huge difference to air quality, and for UK jobs as well."

Hundreds of local authorities have declared climate emergencies, and local politicians are becoming increasingly interested in the potential of hydrogen to power local transport.

Mr Bamford added: "We have a real opportunity to back a sector that will create jobs, economic growth and allow us to claim position as global leaders in hydrogen transport technology."

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Publication:Shropshire Star (Shropshire, England)
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Date:Apr 28, 2020
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