21 November 2016: Tony Arbour (GLA member for Hounslow, Richmond and Kingston) asked the Mayor on our behalf when our buses will be fast-tracked to be emission-free in pollution hotspots like Brentford.
The Mayor’s response is as follows:
My aim is to fast track implementation of Low Emission Bus Zones where air quality is poorest and cleaner buses can make the biggest difference. All parts of London outside of the central Ultra Low Emission Zone will be considered.
TfL will lead by example by procuring only hybrid or zero-emission double-decker buses from 2018. This will transform the fleet as bus service contracts are renewed over time.
Areas such as Brentford will benefit from my plans to upgrade the exhaust systems of more than half the 9,000-strong bus fleet. The latest selective catalytic reduction systems deliver immediate change by cutting tailpipe oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter by up to 95 per cent compared to non-retrofitted Euro V buses.