Upgrading the bus fleet in Brixton and Streatham

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Under existing plans for the replacement of the bus fleet, how long will it take before all buses travelling through Brixton and Streatham reach Euro 6 standards?


Answer for Upgrading the bus fleet in Brixton and Streatham

Answer for Upgrading the bus fleet in Brixton and Streatham

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My Air Quality Strategy sets out ambitious plans for London. I have committed to almost halving nitrogen dioxide (NOx) emissions from the TfL bus fleet by 2016/17 (compared to 2008/09) to improve health and wellbeing.

TfL has rapidly introduced the new Euro VI engine from the earliest time it became available as part of this strategy. The new engine and exhaust after-treatment system reduces NOx by up to 95 per cent compared to an un-retrofitted Euro III engine. There are now 500 in the fleet - including new vehicles just introduced to route 109 which passes through Brixton and Streatham - and the total will climb quickly in two stages.

The first stage, which is nearing completion, is to lift the entire bus fleet up to the Euro IV emission standard or better by 2015. This involves retrofitting 1,800 Euro III buses with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) equipment and replacing the rest with new Euro VI engine buses. More than 1,150 buses are now retrofitted.

The second stage involves my proposals for an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London in 2020 which will spur the take-up of zero and low-emission vehicles. When this proposed scheme is implemented, all double deck buses in central London will need to electric-hybrid and single-deck vehicles will need to be zero tailpipe emission. Due to the nature of London bus routes, many of these electric hybrid and zero-emission buses will also pass through Brixton and Streatham.

In addition my team is working closely with the London Borough of Lambeth to identify further opportunities for reducing emissions and tackling air pollution in Brixton Town Centre and along Streatham High Road. I have made £20 million in funding available to local authorities through my Air Quality Fund to cover the cost of these local measures to tackle air quality hotspots.