London Buses trial new equipment to tackle air pollution

Posted: 28 April 2011 | Transport for London (TfL) | 1 comment

Transport for London (TfL) is carrying out a trial that will see 18 buses retrofitted with specialist equipment to tackle NOx air pollution…

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Transport for London (TfL) is carrying out a trial that will see 18 buses retrofitted with specialist equipment to tackle NOx air pollution. The trial is a UK-first and will evaluate a number of the latest available technologies, to see which provides the best results before extending it to more buses in the fleet.

TfL has taken considerable steps in the last ten years to reduce the environmental impact of its bus fleet. All buses achieve Euro IV standard for particulate matter (PM) pollution and, as a result, emissions of particulate matter from the fleet have dropped from over 200 tonnes in 1997 to 14 tonnes in 2010.

The Mayor’s Air Quality Strategy proposes that, subject to Government support, by 2015 all buses in London will meet the Euro IV standard for NOx. The majority of the 8,500 buses in the Capital’s fleet should meet this but it is estimated that around 2,700 buses will need to be retrofitted or replaced in order to bring them in line with this standard.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London said: “We are making huge strides in cleaning up the Capital’s bus fleet, not least by developing the New Bus for London, which will pump out 40 per cent less pollutants than a standard, traditional diesel bus. We are running the UK’s only hydrogen bus route which emits only pure water and are now embarking on this bus trial, all of which form part of our continued efforts to improve London’s air quality.”

Mike Weston, London Buses Operations Director, said: “London continues to look for ways to improve the emissions and environmental performance of the bus fleet. This often means trialling new technology and leading the way for the rest of country as we have already done by introducing hybrid and hydrogen buses.”

The trial will be carried out on three different types of buses and will be carried out for a year. A tendering process to find manufacturers for equipment began earlier this week.

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One response to “London Buses trial new equipment to tackle air pollution”

  1. Peter Lanado says:

    Fine sounding words but doubtful.

    If TfL were truly serious in tackling pollution rather than just coveting photo ops and nice sounding press releases, residents living in the vicinity of Stands would not be (for many years) up in arms over drivers failing to switch off their stationary vehicle’s engine – which they allow to tick-over anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes, 20+ hours a day, everyday apart from Christmas.

    When (in this area alone) there are over 800 bus terminations per day, that’s not only a serious health issue TfL seem happy ignoring (despite it being brought to their attention), but means the area is swamped in a blanket of air pollution from buses with their engines running.

    TfL could make a start by implementing their own regulations, in regard to this and save a twelfth on their fuel costs, whilst not killing their ‘neighbours’. Failing that, employ drivers who are environmentally friendly and capable of finding the off switch; perhaps the newly introduced stock, combined with improved driver performance, would finally make a dent in the fleet’s emissions!

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