The Brixton ‘clean bus corridor’ introduced by Mayor Sadiq Khan following intensive lobbying by Lambeth Labour has already had a big impact on air quality according to a new GLA report released last week.
The route, running from Brixton to Streatham Hill, was the second Low Emission Bus Zone introduced by Mayor Sadiq Khan and was completed a year ago.
In an evaluation report produced by the GLA this month, figures show that:
- the buses on Brixton Road emit on average 89 per cent less NOx than previously, with some routes having reduced emissions by 93 percent
- As a result of cleaning up the buses on Brixton Road, these buses now emit 73 tonnes less NOx per year than they did previously
- On Brixton Road in 2016 annual average NO2 was 118 μg m-3. In 2018 to August the annual average has been 98 μg m-3
- Breaches of the legal hourly limit of μg m-3 reduced by 85% in the two years since the start of implementation
While the initial findings are promising, we know that there is much more still to do to tackle the scourge of poor air quality in the borough. That’s why we are pushing ahead with our vast programme of work on improving air quality, including installing more electric vehicle charging points, encouraging the use of non-polluting transport, installing green screens at schools, piloting ‘School Streets’ and planting 1,000 more trees over the next four years.
Lambeth Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport, Cllr Claire Holland, said: “These figures back up why we were calling so vociferously for a low emission bus zone in Brixton.
“We see hundreds of buses every day travel up and down Brixton Road, they were undoubtedly a major source of pollution. I thank the Mayor for taking this issue so seriously and listening to our concerns – knowing that these buses are cleaner, and releasing far fewer pollutants into our air is reassuring, but we know there is still more to do.
“We are committed to cleaning up our air and we are working hard with schools, residents, businesses, developers and construction firms, as well as urging the Mayor and central government to do even more to tackle this issue.”