Air quality in Tooting Town centre

MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A number of constituents have expressed concern about air quality in Tooting Town centre, especially where the numerous buses stop along Mitcham Road, and wait at the bus stand/turning circle all close to the Tooting Broadway 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 Tooting Town Centre?


Answer for Air quality in Tooting Town centre

Answer for Air quality in Tooting Town centre

Answered By: 
The Mayor

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

This process will be accelerated by the roll-out of 12 Low Emission Bus Zones, 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 in the fleet have automatic switch-off technology which turns the engine off if the accelerator is not pressed for a minute or so. This helps avoid emissions from vehicles waiting at bus stands, such as those close to Tooting Broadway Underground Station, or from buses caught in traffic.