At its latest meeting on June 4 2020, the Cardiff Capital Region Transport Authority (RTA), which comprises elected transport portfolio leads from the ten local authorities in South-East Wales, has announced notification of its successful application for a share of the Welsh Government (WG) Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Transformation Fund.

The award, which at £1.3m, constitutes the highest award made in Wales, follows a bid made by Merthyr Council in February 2020 on behalf of the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR), to assist with the delivery of electric vehicle infrastructure for public use, taxis and private hire specific, and buses at various locations, including transport hubs throughout the region.

The Welsh Government funding is intended to assist in the transformation of the network to ULEV and help reach their targets of zero emissions from buses and taxis by 2028.

Cllr Huw David, Chair of the CCR Transport Authority, said:“The CCR aims to be an exemplar in Wales to help drive the nation forward, and this funding will go a long way to support this ambition.

“It will help to put the region on a pathway to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with taxis and buses accelerated much earlier in line with WG’s 2028 target. Stating an ambition for the CCR to become an exemplar region for ULEVs will help attract investment in recharging and refuelling infrastructure, and will in turn create the conditions for high rates of ULEV uptake.

“The CCR is well placed to benefit from a shift to ULEVs over the next 10 years and beyond and is doing all it can to deliver on our regional ULEV strategy and our aspirations for the future of transport throughout the CCR and wider surrounding areas in Wales. This will benefit not only our residents, but our visitors and neighbours alike.

“The delivery of this programme will help us realise our vision for the future of transport, accelerate our transition to ULEV usage and sustain real behavioural change.”

Kellie Beirne, Director CCR City Deal, said:“More excellent news for transport infrastructure in the Cardiff Capital Region. We have a real opportunity here to lead the way, to make a difference and set the standard for Wales. We need growth to be in clean, green energy, and we will be doing everything we can to ensure that all funding is able to facilitate real change in behaviours, new norms and not perpetuate a status quo.”