Air Quality - Particulate Matter (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
December 19, 2012
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Thank you, madam. Mr Mayor, is it a fact the London bus fleet is actually cleaner than any other city in Europe and indeed other cities in this country? I am pretty sure I have been told that by TfL in the past. The other thing though, is it not a fact TfL are hastening to retrofit their diesel buses and to introduce hybrids as they will be in Putney High Street in my constituency in this coming year. In fact, 85% of the buses travelling along Putney High Street, which has a pollution problem or has had in the past, 85% will be clean buses?

Answer

Answer for Air Quality - Particulate Matter (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Air Quality - Particulate Matter (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): You are basically right. There has been a massive effort to reduce pollution from London buses. I have a feeling I am going to get this wrong but it is something like from 200 tons of NOx per year to something like 17 tons of NOx per year. Those figures might not be completely accurate but there has been a very substantial reduction in pollution of all kinds caused by the modernisation -- brought about by the modernisation of the fleet. I do accept that people care about this very much and they want to see London's air quality improved, as do I as someone who cycles every day and who spends many hours a week stationed behind traffic of all kinds, inhaling fumes. I want to see our city's air as clean as possible. We are making progress. We have done well on PM10s. We have to make better progress on NOx, as I readily accept. I think the strategy of going for hybrid buses and electric vehicles is the way forward.