Decision details

Decision details

Clean Bus Technology Fund

Decision Maker: Transition Director

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Council has been awarded £1,662,930 of funding from the Joint Air Quality Unit, DEFRA to retrofit buses in Oxford with emissions reduction equipment, in the interest of improving air quality. In May 2019 project approval was granted by Cabinet and it was decided to Delegate to the Transition Director, in consultation with the Monitoring Officer and Section 151 officer, the authority within the funding envelope provided by the Council to enter into appropriate agreements with the Council’s bid partners and third parties to deliver the project, subject to their being selected under an appropriate procurement process.


Decision has been made to award a payment of £301,215 to Oxford Bus Company for the completed retrofitting of 61 buses with selective catalytic reduction technology (SCRT) to reduce emissions. Funding comes from the government’s Clean Bus technology Fund.

Reasons for the decision:

To retrofit buses in Oxford with emissions reduction equipment in the interest of improving air quality, as per the project approval granted by Cabinet on 29 May 2019.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 - No award: rejected as grant funding has been allocated to the council from Defra/DfT

Signed off by senior officers:

Decision taken by the Transition Director.

Decision taken in consultation with the Head of Financial Services and the Head of Law and Governance.

Publication date: 08/09/2020

Date of decision: 08/09/2020