The government has announced new funding for councils to cut emissions in 439 buses around the country as part of a £7million scheme
A million greener bus journeys will take place across the UK next year after ministers announced £7million to fund new technology.
Hundreds of buses will be fitted with devices to cut harmful nitrogen oxide emissions in areas where pollution is high, reducing toxins by 90 per cent according to government research.
Fifty London buses will go green and Bristol and Brighton will both see 35 vehicles fitted with the technology.
Other areas including Leeds, York, Sunderland and Norfolk will get government funding to convert their buses in eighteen hotspots in total.
Andrew Jones, the transport minister, said: “Greener buses mean cleaner town and city centres and a healthier environment for everyone.
“The upgraded buses that will soon hit the roads in England continue our commitment to better air quality by investing in greener transport.
“By targeting pollution hotspots and backing the low-emission technology of the future, we are making the right long-term decisions to improve people’s lives.”
The new round of funding takes the total spent by Ministers on upgrading old buses to £27million since 2011.
Councils have been awarded up to £500,000 to refit old vehicles under the scheme, which aims to reduce air pollution in urban areas.
Last summer a court ruled the government must urgently cut emissions after repeatedly missing EU air quality targets.
Ministers vowed to make changes to bring the UK in line with rules set by Europe amid warnings that some parts of the country won’t meet targets until 2030.
Nitrogen oxides are estimated to be responsible for thousands of deaths in the UK every year.