Bus Engine Noise

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Since my last question in October what progress have you and TfL made on the issue of bus engine noise, following continued complaints to me that the new Volvo buses are noisier than their predecessors?


Answer for Bus Engine Noise

Answer for Bus Engine Noise

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There have been modifications to Volvo vehicles in the fleet, which are resulting in reduced bus noise compared to their previous operation. TfL has incorporated new noise requirements into its vehicle specifications to cover any new buses that enter the fleet. These more closely reflect conditions in London.TfL is also piloting the rapid development of hybrid buses in the London's bus fleet, and welcome the opportunity diesel-electric technology offers to lower noise as well as reduce harmful emissions across the bus network.