LONDON GETS FIRST GREEN BUS ROUTES
London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has 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 February next year, the first route along Putney High Street 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. The second route - between Brixton and Streatham - will be converted in October 2017.
These are the first Low Emission Bus Zones the Mayor promised in his manifesto and which will all 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:
Low Emission Bus Zones are an integral part of the Mayor’s plan to urgently clean up London’s air quality, which is a contributory factor in the deaths of around 10,000 residents each year according to the latest medical research. Plans for the Low Emission Bus Zones were announced by the Mayor in May alongside a number of proposals to improve the Capital’s air quality. Those proposals were subject to a recent consultation with nearly 15,000 responses, including: