The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, confirmed plans for the first of a series of ‘Low Emission Bus Zones’ – prioritising the greenest buses on the worst polluted routes, as part of his far-reaching plans to clean up the capital’s toxic air.
From October 2017, the route A23 between Brixton and Streatham will see exclusive use of hybrid or diesel buses with top-of-the-range anti-pollutant systems that meet or exceed Euro VI emissions standards.
- Two routes along Putney High Street and Brixton to Streatham will be the first to benefit from Mayor’s hard-hitting initiative
- Bus NOx emissions could be cut by 84 percent along 12 new ‘Low Emission Bus Zones’
As the first Low Emission Bus Zones being delivered across London, it is expected all will be operational by 2020. These are expected to reduce NOx emissions from buses along these routes by around 84 per cent. They will be focussed on London’s worst air quality hotspots outside central London and prioritised in areas where buses would otherwise contribute significantly to road transport emissions.
The Low Emission Bus Zones will also incorporate a number of changes to the road layout to ensure buses have priority over other traffic and are able to keep moving, cutting emissions from unnecessary idling and speeding up journey times.
Low Emission Bus Zones are one of a number of measures the Mayor has asked TfL to lead by example on to reduce emissions from the capital’s bus fleet, including:
- Making sure all buses operating in the central Ultra Low Emission Zone comply a year earlier by 2019, meaning each of the 3,100 double-deck buses operating in the zone will be Euro VI hybrid
- Expanding the ULEZ retrofit programme up to 3,000 buses outside the central zone
- Procuring only hybrid or zero-emission double-decker buses from 2018
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “It is a scandal that in a wonderful, modern world city like London, thousands of people are dying because the air they breathe is toxic. I am absolutely committed to speeding up our efforts and making sure I do everything possible to improve air quality in the capital. Too many of London’s busiest high streets are choked with fumes and this move will improve the health of those living and working in the most polluted areas. I am determined to reduce emissions and improve London for everyone, and this is the latest in a number of changes I am making to deliver on this.”
Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport said: “This is great news in the fight to improve London’s air quality. Brixton and Streatham see a huge amount of buses travelling through and it has had a real impact on air quality in the area. In Lambeth, we are determined to see our air quality improve and we welcome the new low emission bus zone – it is something that we have been lobbying the Mayor for and it is encouraging that he seems as determined as we are to make a difference. We will continue to work with the Mayor and TfL to make Lambeth a cleaner and safer place to live.”