London’s famous red buses are about to go green

Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to stop buying buses that run purely on diesel from 2018

Since becoming mayor in May, Sadiq Khan  has ended the use of the dirtiest buses on some of London’s most polluted roads. Photograph: iStock

Since becoming mayor in May, Sadiq Khan has ended the use of the dirtiest buses on some of London’s most polluted roads. Photograph: iStock

 

London’s famous red double-decker bus is to be at the centre of new plans to clean up the capital’s toxic air.

Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to stop buying those that run purely on diesel from 2018 as part of his environmental drive.

In addition, all new single-deck buses will be zero-emission, Mr Khan’s office said in an emailed statement on Wednesday.

The mayor also unveiled the world’s first double-deck hydrogen-fuelled bus, manufactured by Wrightbus, and said it would be trialled on London’s roads next year.

Mr Khan is working with officials from other cities around the world to phase out polluting buses and spur the development of zero- and low-emission buses by driving down their costs.

Eleven other cities, including New York, Amsterdam and Cape Town, have vowed to phase out the procurement of diesel buses by 2020, with Paris, Madrid and Mexico City pledging to end their use by 2025, his office said.

Clear signal

“It’s great that more cities are getting on board to phase out the procurement of pure diesel buses, which sends a clear signal that only the cleanest technologies are wanted in our cities,” Mr Khan said.

He has made cleaning up the capital’s air pollution, blamed for 9,400 early deaths a year, a priority of his tenure.

Since becoming mayor in May, he has ended the use of the dirtiest buses on some of London’s most polluted roads, proposed an emissions surcharge for the most polluting vehicles on top of the capital’s existing congestion charge and announced plans to extend London’s “ultra-low emission zone”.

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