London has been awarded almost £7m to buy 63 new electric buses and build associated infrastructure such as charging points.
The capital is the biggest beneficiary of a Department for Transport scheme which will fund a total of 263 new ultra low emission buses across England and Wales.
Unveiling the list of successful bidders, Buses Minister Nusrat Ghani said: “This government is doing more than ever before to reduce emissions across all modes of transport and I’m delighted to see the bus industry putting itself at the forefront of this.”
Transport for London’s award includes £3.45m for the buses and a further £3.5m for infrastructure.
The agency and Mayor Sadiq Khan have previously pledged to replace older buses with new, cleaner models as part of efforts to clean up the capital’s air.
Claire Mann, TfL’s Director of Bus Operations, said: “We’re committed to reducing emissions from London’s buses and this funding is a major boost in the fight to clean up the capital’s toxic air.
“We have one of the greenest bus fleets in Europe, with more than 3000 hybrid buses on our network and plans for a total of 240 electric buses on the roads this year.
“This money will help to supercharge our plans to make all of London’s buses zero emission, which we will achieve by 2037.
“Buses are a crucial and affordable way to reduce the number of vehicles on London’s roads and support the Mayor’s vision of 80% of people walking, cycling or using public transport by 2041.”