Dou­ble-decker hy­dro­gen bus un­veiled

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi

SADIQ Khan has un­veiled the world’s first dou­ble-decker hy­dro­gen bus in London.

The Mayor of London re­vealed that no more pure diesel dou­ble-deck buses will be added to the cap­i­tal’s fleet from 2018 and that all new sin­gle-deck­ers for cen­tral London will be ze­roe­mis­sion ve­hi­cles.

The hy­dro­gen dou­bledecker is at the fore­front of green tech­nol­ogy and will be tried out on London’s year.

Mr Khan said: “I want London to be­come a world leader in hy­dro­gen and elec­tric bus tech­nol­ogy. roads next

“I’m im­ple­ment­ing hard-hit­ting mea­sures to clean-up London’s toxic air and it’s great that more cities are get­ting on board to phase out the pro­cure­ment of pure diesel buses, which sends a clear sig­nal that only the clean­est tech­nolo­gies are wanted in our cities.”

The mayor un­veiled the new bus as he and the deputy mayor of trans­port, Val Shawcross, met with in­ter­na­tional city of­fi­cials and bus man­u­fac­tur­ers at­tend­ing an In­ter­na­tional Ze­roE­mis­sion Bus Con­fer­ence and Sum­mit at City Hall.

Around 9,400 pre­ma­ture deaths oc­cur each year in London due to ill­nesses caused by long-term ex­po­sure to air pol­lu­tion and diesel ve­hi­cles, it is claimed.

Eleven other ma­jor cities, in­clud­ing New York, Los An­ge­les, San Fran­cisco, Am­s­ter­dam, Copen­hagen and Cape Town, have al­ready re­sponded to the call and agreed to be­gin moves to phase out pro­cure­ment of pure diesel buses by the end of 2020.

City Hall’s vi­sion for London buses is to meet the ul­tra-low emis­sion zone stan­dard dur­ing 2020.

Mike Brown, London’s Trans­port Com­mis­sioner, said: “We’re de­ter­mined to make our pub­lic trans­port sys­tem one of the clean­est in the world and phas­ing out diesel buses lies at the heart of this.”

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