Transport chiefs have taken further measures to reduce toxic air in the capital’s most polluted areas by introducing three new Low Emission Bus Zones (LEBZ).
A zone in Lewisham will see only buses that meet the cleanest emission standards operate within the new LEBZs, which have been delivered through a combination of new and retrofitted vehicles.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to work towards the entire London bus fleet being made up of zero emission vehicles.
Lewisham and Catford London Assembly member Len Duvall said: “It is very positive to see the Mayor take radical and urgent action to tackle air pollution locally, by implementing this Low Emission Bus Zone.”
Mr Khan said: “These zones complement the introduction of the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London earlier this month.
Experts estimate that without action it would take 193 years to bring London’s air quality to within legal levels – but with the action we’re taking we can hope to achieve this goal in just six years.”
Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham, said: “This is the second Low Emission Bus Zone launched within the last six months and is an essential part of our strategy to clean up the air in the borough.”
The other two zones are in Stratford and Edmonton.