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Sadiq Khan rolls out low emission bus zone in Newham

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 April 2019 | UPDATED: 11:13 24 April 2019

London Mayor Sadiq Khan being shown around the new traffic and cycle route in Stratford town centre. Pic: Ken Mears

London Mayor Sadiq Khan being shown around the new traffic and cycle route in Stratford town centre. Pic: Ken Mears

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The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched a new low emission bus zone in Newham in a bid to tackle toxic air.

The new zone in Stratford takes the number of the greener zones to a total of 10 located at sites across the capital.

Sadiq said: “London is facing an air quality emergency, with pollution from vehicles, including buses, responsible for over half the harmful emissions we breathe.

“Our existing low emission bus zones have dramatically reduced pollution and improved the health of thousands of Londoners who live or work along the routes. I'm delighted we can now bring the benefits to Stratford, Lewisham and Edmonton.”

Newham's low emission bus zone stretches through Stratford from Mile End Station along Romford Road up to the junction with Lugg Approach cleaning up more than 360 buses on the 25 bus route.

Including Lewisham and Edmonton, the new zones combined will see more than 1,330 greener buses across 79 different routes.

Cllr James Asser, Newham Council's cabinet assistant for sustainable transport and environment, said: “Air quality has a direct impact on quality of life and can be attributed to lowering life expectancy.

“That is unacceptable and Newham is committed to tackling pollution.

“I very much welcome the low emission bus zone which is another important step in improving air quality in the borough.”

TfL has vowed its entire fleet will use the cleanest Euro VI buses and has already upgraded more than three quarters of its buses to meet or exceed the standard.

Only buses meeting the cleanest emission standards operate within the new zones, which have been set up by combining new and retrofitted vehicles.

Claire Mann, director of bus operations at TfL, said: “Clean buses play a key role in tackling London's toxic air and we're pleased to launch three more low emission bus zones that will improve air quality along some of the most polluted roads in the capital.”

With the completion of the zones, TfL expects to reduce toxic air pollution around more than 40 schools, nurseries and academies along the routes and surrounding roads.

TfL is working across London to find locations for bus priority within low emission bus zones, to make sure traffic flows quicker and emissions are reduced further.

A total of 68 new, double deck electric buses on routes 43 and 134 are to be introduced this summer and from 2020 TfL will only purchase zero-emission single deck buses.

TfL plans eventually to see all buses become zero-emission, at the tailpipe, by 2037.

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