Low Emission Bus Zones: Evaluation of the first seven zones
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has commissioned a report to evaluate the impact on air pollution of the first seven of the twelve Low Emission Bus Zones that will be delivered by 2019.
Pollution from vehicles including buses are responsible for over half the harmful emissions Londoners breathe. Low Emission Bus Zones are one tool to address this. Stops within the zone are only serviced by buses with top-of-the-range engines and exhaust systems that meet or exceed the highest Euro VI emissions standards. The zones have been prioritised in the worst air quality hotspots outside central London where buses contribute significantly to road transport emissions.
The report shows that the Low Emission Bus Zones have led to significant reductions in pollution levels. The first two Low Emission Bus Zones at Putney High Street and Brixton in particular have had a major impact, with Putney High Street exceeding legal limits for just two hours so far in 2018 compared to 807 over the same period in 2016, a reduction of over 99 per cent. At Brixton Road there has been an 85 per cent reduction in the hours exceeding legal limits since 2016.