New bus routes aim­ing to cut down on air pol­lu­tion in cap­i­tal

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THREE new bus routes have been ap­proved by Mayor Sadiq Khan in a bid to cut air pol­lu­tion in west London.

The low emis­sion bus zones will op­er­ate in ar­eas with high lev­els of pol­lu­tion, with new hy­brid and cleaner buses run­ning in Eal­ing, Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham, Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea, Chiswick and West­min­ster by 2020.

The London mayor says the 12 new low emis­sion bus zones will help tackle toxic air which has got so se­vere over re­cent days that he has been forced to is­sue ‘very high’ pol­lu­tion alerts.

The new routes in­clude:

Uxbridge Road to Shep­herds Bush – from Eal­ing Broad­way via Hanger Lane to Uxbridge Road, The Broad­way.

Chiswick High Road to Kens­ing­ton – via Ham­mer­smith Broad­way and Kens­ing­ton High Street to Stud­land Street.

Edg­ware Road (Kil­burn to Maida Vale) – from Crick­le­wood Broad­way via Kil­burn High Road an­nounced The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries to Shoot-Up Hill.

The mayor has tar­geted air qual­ity hotspots where peo­ple are ex­posed to some of the high­est lev­els of ni­tro­gen diox­ide pol­lu­tion and where older buses con­trib­ute sig­nif­i­cantly to road trans­port emis­sions.

The new greener buses, which will be a com­bi­na­tion of hy­brid and clean buses that meet strict stan­dards, will cut harm­ful ni­tro­gen ox­ide emis­sions.

They are part of an im­prove­ment pro­gramme to 3,000 buses out­side cen­tral London.

Mr Khan said: “Tack­ling London’s filthy air is one of my main pri­or­i­ties.

“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.”

The news was wel­comed by west London’s lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

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