More funding for greener buses

Published: Friday 30th March 12

The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded £5million towards improving the environmental impacts of London ’s buses.

Transport for London (TfL) will use the funding to add an additional 70 low emission hybrid buses to its fleet.

The extra investment from DFT's Green Bus Fund means that the number of cleaner hybrid models operating on London 's streets will rise from 260 to 400 by the end of March 2013. 

A decision is yet to be made about where these additional buses will be put into service.

An air quality research project by Wandsworth Council has shown that diesel buses are responsible for more than two thirds of air pollution on Putney High Street. Levels of nitrogen dioxide here regularly exceed EU limits but are much lower throughout the rest of the town centre.

The new investment from the  DfT   has raised hopes that more diesel models using the high street will be replaced with cleaner hybrid models over the next 12 months.

Following the publication of the council's air quality study earlier this year TfL has confirmed that 131 buses using Putney High Street will be upgraded or replaced by the end of 2013.

This will leave 46  older, higher polluting buses still operating on Putney's routes. Some of these models could be replaced with the new batch of hybrids.

Notes to Editors

The total number of diesel buses using Putney High Street is 228. Of these, 51 are new diesel models which already meet Euro 4 or 5 emission standards.

A further 46 buses will be replaced with cleaner versions from October 2012. These will include ten low emission hybrid buses.

A further 85 will be retrofitted with NOx pollution reducing catalytic converters between 2012 and 2013.

This will leave 46 older diesels models still operating on the high street.

The impact of these changes on levels of air pollution on Putney High Street will be monitored by the council.

For more information on air quality in Wandsworth visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/airquality

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