Air quality in the Morden Town centre

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3643
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

A number of constituents have expressed concern about air quality in the Morden Town centre, especially where the numerous buses wait immediately outside the Morden Underground Station. While local residents value the excellent connectivity, most of the buses are not the cleaner buses, and residents would like to know if there is a timetable for bringing the cleanest buses onto the routes that pass through Morden Town Centre?

Answer

Answer for Air quality in the Morden Town centre

Answer for Air quality in the Morden Town centre

Answered By: 
The Mayor

To ensure the whole of London benefits from cleaner air, all buses in the fleet, including those in Morden Town Centre, will be raised to the Euro VI engine emission standard or better by 2020.

Some routes, such as the 164, already meet these standards, while the 93 benefited from the rollout of the first Low Emission Bus Zone (LEBZ) on Putney High Street.

Between now and 2020, this process will be accelerated by the roll-out of additional LEBZ, the requirement for buses to comply with the Ultra Low Emission Zone and the requirement for all new double deck buses to be hybrid or zero-emission from 2018.

More modern buses calling at Morden Underground station have automatic switch-off technology which turns the engine off if the accelerator is not pressed for a minute or so. Bus stands in that area are checked to ensure drivers who are temporarily parked there switch off their engines.