Ten more Low Emission Bus Zones have been announced by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan bringing the total number planned to 12. The Mayor has targeted air quality hotspots where people are exposed to some of the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution and where it is believed older buses contribute significantly to road transport emissions. The zones are expected to reduce NOx emissions from buses along the routes by around 84% and will fulfil the Mayor’s manifesto commitment to introduce Low Emission Bus Zones by 2020.
As well as the Brixton and Putney High Street locations already announced, the Low Emission Bus Zones are: the A12 Eastern Avenue (Blake Hall Road via High Road Leyton and Homerton High Street to Marsh Hill); Lewisham to Catford; Stratford (from Abbey Lane via Mile End Road to Woodgrange Road); Haringey from High Road to Green Lanes; Camberwell to New Cross; Wandsworth to St John’s Hill; Edgware Road; Edmonton to Seven Sisters; Uxbridge Road to Shepherds Bush and Chiswick High Road to Kensington. The Putney High Street zone will be delivered in March 2017 and the Brixton one is planned for October 2017.The Putney route will require the exclusive use of hybrid electric buses or those with engines and exhaust systems that meet or exceed Euro6. The other new 10 new zones will be delivered by 2020. The Low Emission Bus Zones will utilise a number of ‘Bus Priority Schemes’. The TfL Business Plan, published at the end of last year, includes a £50m fund to be invested in bus priority schemes, helping attract more people back on to the bus network and tackling pollution and road congestion.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said, ‘Tackling London’s filthy air is one of my main priorities and I am delighted to be delivering on that commitment by introducing these new Low Emission Bus Zones. Removing the oldest, dirtiest buses from our streets and delivering Low Emission Bus Zones will make a big contribution to tackling transport pollution. Safeguarding the health of Londoners is vital and I’m doing everything in my power both to transform London’s bus fleet and to target areas with the worst pollution. I want other cities around the world to work with me on demanding cleaner bus technology and I urge our government to take their responsibility seriously and introduce a national diesel scrappage scheme to deliver the step change we need on the dirtiest diesel vehicles.’