Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Environment, blogs on success for Lambeth's campaign for clean buses in Brixton and Streatham...
I am delighted with the decision of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan to make the southern stretch of A23 one of London’s first Clean Bus Corridors. From October 2017, this route will see exclusive use of hybrid or diesel buses with top-of-the-range anti-pollutant systems that meet or exceed Euro VI emissions standards. These are expected to reduce NOx emissions from buses along these routes by around 84 per cent.
This follows the petition by Lambeth council and Lambeth for a Cool Planet calling on the Mayor to make that stretch of the A23, linking Streatham and Brixton, one of London’s first Clean Bus Corridors. We emphasised the unfortunate fact that that stretch of the A23 corridor had repeatedly recorded high levels of air pollution and emissions from TfL buses significantly contributed to that air pollution!
We are delighted that the Mayor has lived lived up to his manifesto pledge to improve London air quality by focusing on London’s worst air quality hotspots outside central London. I would like to thank Lambeth for a Cool Planet for being our partners in this campaign and of course those who supported our aims by signing the petition.
This is the second petition to a London Mayor Lambeth has launched calling for cleaner buses, and it has taken a Labour Mayor with a true commitment to cleaning up London’s Air to make a difference.