TfL - Air quality

Meeting: 
MQT on 2003-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2003
Reference: 
2003/2299
Question By: 
Richard Barnes
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Given that the air quality along the A40 is already poor, does not TfL's plans to build a new bus depot on the corner of Horn Lane and Western Avenue contradict the Mayor's policy for improving the air quality for Londoners?

.

Answer

Answer for TfL - Air quality

Answer for TfL - Air quality

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No. The improvements to the bus network are encouraging more people to leave their cars at home and take the bus, which helps reduce pollution: meeting the increasing demand by introducing bendy buses (with a much greater capacity per bus), as opposed to a higher number of smaller buses helps further.The new buses meet the most stringent emission standards and will be amongst the cleanest vehicles on London's streets. The buses will spend the great majority of their time in service, away from the Horn Lane depot when they are there they will mostly be parked with their engines switched off. .