Forced Air

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will the Mayor publish details about the 'forced air' system that is similar to air conditioning which I understand will form part of the new vehicle specifications for buses? And will you reassure the public that you are actively looking into keeping buses cooler in the ensuing summer months?


Answer for Forced Air

Answer for Forced Air

Answered By: 
The Mayor

During the past six months all double deck buses have been retro-fitted with additional upper-deck side windows above the front row of seats to improve ventilation on existing buses in line with commitments made last year.All new double deck buses are required to have automatic heating and ventilation systems. Since the vehicle specifications were updated in October 2006, they were additionally required to deliver cooled air to reduce ambient temperature inside the upper saloon.The vehicle specifications from autumn 2005 required, as standard, additional opening windows, tinted glass, white roofs and additional insulation in the body panels to keep heat in during cold days or prevent heat gain on hot days.TfL continues to look at other opportunities to keep buses cool in summer.