Bus Routes 452 and 28 - Chamberlayne Road (Brent)

MQT on 2018-09-13
Session date: 
September 13, 2018
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I raise this issue on behalf of a number of my constituents on Chamberlayne Road and local Councillors, regarding their concerns about buses for routes 452 and 28 using the Whitmore Garden / Chamberlayne Road bus stop as a resting / standing point. I understand this practice started when the bus diversion came into force. Whilst at this bus stop, the bus drivers leave their engines running - idle. This is worrying as all Transport for London (TfL)'s buses are diesel, and with the very hot weather residents, many with children, living in the vicinity of this bus stop have been leaving their windows open. This practice happens in the early hours of the morning, with residents woken up by the diesel bus engine noise. There is already a serious well-demonstrated air pollution problem along Chamberlayne Road, with residents exposed to highly illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide from diesel buses and cars. Can the bus operators and/or TfL rest or stand their buses by Station Terrace, and not directly outside the windows and homes of residents, please?


Answer for Bus Routes 452 and 28 - Chamberlayne Road (Brent)

Answer for Bus Routes 452 and 28 - Chamberlayne Road (Brent)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Whitmore Garden stop was the final stop for routes 28 and 452 during the temporary closure of Chamberlayne Road – which is now over and no longer requires the stand. Nevertheless, I’ve asked Transport for London (TfL) to remind bus operators of the need to switch engines off if vehicles are not about to go back into service.


To cut fleet emissions across London, including Brent, TfL is replacing older buses and retrofitting others to bring them up to the latest ultra-clean Euro VI standard. This conversion process has already made around half the bus fleet ultra clean for harmful emissions, bringing immediate improvements to air quality. Buses on routes 452 and 28 have been converted to Euro VI this year, with all buses on the route now meeting this standard.


As of this year, new double deck buses must also be hybrid-diesel or zero emission, helping us meet requirements for the Ultra-Low Emission Zone next year and accelerating the uptake of the cleanest vehicles. Some more modern buses also have anti-idling technology, which shuts the engine off automatically without driver intervention if the vehicle is stationary for a minute or so. My air quality plans also look further to the future, with the entire fleet needing to be zero-tailpipe emission by 2037 at the latest, designing out this type of issue and relegating it to the past.