Edgware Road Low Emissions Bus Zone welcomed

A proposal by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to improve air quality on some of the worst polluted roads in London has been welcomed by local London Assembly Member Andrew Dismore AM. Mr Khan announced plans for 10 more Low Emission Bus Zones deploying the greenest buses on the capital’s most polluted routes to cut harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. One of the routes will be along Edgware Road, from Cricklewood Broadway to Shoot-Up Hill via Kilburn High Road.


The Low Emission Bus Zones will use a combination of hybrid and clean buses that meet Euro VI standards. These buses are part of an improvement programme for 3,000 buses outside central London. They will also utilise a number of bus priority schemes that ensure buses are able to keep moving, cutting idling emissions and speed up journey times for passengers. The benefits of operating the greenest buses will also be felt across other areas as buses travel along the full length of their routes.


Mr Dismore said:


“I welcome more positive action from the mayor to tackle the serious issue of poor air quality. I hope this is just the start of the process, as I am keen to extend the Edgware Road Low Emissions Bus Zone up to Edgware itself, as well as examine other areas of high pollution that could benefit from greener buses. I can rely on Camden Council to work with the Mayor to implement this, but hope Barnet will also support the Mayor’s action.”


Low Emission Bus Zones are one of a number of measures the Mayor is taking to reduce emissions from the capital’s bus fleet. These include the phasing out of diesel only buses, a commitment to purchase only hybrid or zero emission double deck buses from 2018 and a £50m fund to be invested in bus priority schemes, helping attract more people back on to the bus network; and tackling pollution and road congestion.