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Pollution at bus stops (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th April 2020.

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

What work has been done to assess the potential for ‘greening’ bus stops to mitigate pollution?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I believe everyone has the right to clean air, and I’m determined to do all we can to reduce air pollution in London. Alongside world-leading schemes like the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and its expansion to inner London in 2021, Transport for London (TfL) is helping to tackle pollution at bus stops by cleaning up the bus fleet.

The entire bus fleet is being upgraded to meet or exceed the Euro VI standard. TfL is 92 per cent of the way there and has been on course to complete this upgrade this year - cutting the most harmful tailpipe emissions of each upgraded bus by up to 80 per cent. TfL is now reviewing this target as the Covid-19 response has disrupted supply chains for the retrofit technology needed to upgrade each bus. TfL is also developing a bus electrification strategy for London to ensure we roll out zero-emission buses as quickly and affordably as possible to meet my aim of the fleet being entirely zero-emission by no later than 2037.

TfL is also aiming to plant at least 1,000 street trees this year to meet the Mayor’s Transport Strategy target, and as explained in my response to Mayor’s Question 2019/17308, is trialling ‘green’ bus shelters to improve biodiversity and customer experience. Five bus shelters are due for conversion by early summer 2020.