Milton Keynes’ MP’s have urged the Government to bring a new zero carbon buses scheme to the streets of Milton Keynes.

Local MPs Ben Everitt and Iain Stewart have both written to the Department for Transport backing a bid from MK in the ZEBRA initiative (Zero Emission Bus Regional Assessment), with Milton Keynes having been selected under the fast track process to progress to Phase 2 of the competition.

In recent years, Milton Keynes has seen a number of trials for transportation and future technology, with autonomous vehicles, e-scooters and the introduction of delivery robots among those seen in the area. The MPs are hoping for MK to see further success with its bid for a zero emissions bus network.

Everitt, the MP for Milton Keynes North, said, “The ZEBRA initiative is a hugely exciting and important scheme which can help Milton Keynes continue to lead the way with green technology.

“We’ve already got more rapid electric car charging points than anywhere else in the UK and making our buses all electric can be the next step on the road to Net Zero.

“It’s absolutely vital we tackle climate change and we’ve already made huge strides by reducing emissions by 49% since 1990, but there’s still plenty of work to do so I hope Milton Keynes is successful with its bid.”

Stewart, the MP for Milton Keynes South, added, “I truly believe that Milton Keynes is an ideal place for the zero emission buses to be implemented.

“By having this scheme, it will allow MK to continue being at the forefront of innovation whilst doing our bit to cut carbon emissions and combat climate change.

“That is why I, along with Ben Everitt MP, wrote to the Department for Transport to voice our support for MK’s application in hopes that we will be successful.”