Mayor Sadiq Khan announces the next three bus routes going fully electric in the capital

 
Rebecca Smith
The capital's buses are a big contributor to pollution
The capital's buses are a big contributor to pollution (Source: Getty)

Three more of the capital's bus routes are going all-electric, Transport for London (TfL) and the mayor announced today.

Route 46, covering Paddington to St Bartholomew's Hospital via King's Cross, route 153 from Finsbury Park to Moorgate via Angel, and route 214 from Highgate Village to Moorgate via Camden, are the chosen routes.

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The addition will boost London's network of clean vehicles, as 56 new buses will hit the roads, with the routes becoming fully electric by mid-2019.

The three new routes will bring the total number of electric buses in London to over 170, with route 360 converting to fully electric buses this year, and routes 70 and C1 following next spring.

The routes already going electric:

  1. 312
  2. 507
  3. 521
  4. 360
  5. 70
  6. C1

Last week, Sadiq Khan announced an £86.1m programme to slash harmful emissions from the capital's existing bus fleet.

Over half of London's bus fleet will upgraded to meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standard, so around 5,000 buses will be given a new exhaust system to slash emissions by up to 95 per cent.

Other measures set out to improve the capital's air pollution troubles include a plan to phase out diesel-only buses, and a commitment to buying only hybrid or zero-emission double-decker buses from 2018.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said:

London’s buses have been one of the biggest contributors to harmful pollution coming from our transport network, and I’m proud that we continue to take some of the boldest action of any city in the world to clean up our bus fleet.

London’s air quality is a direct cause of illness and premature death across our city, and TfL will continue to lead the way tackling our air pollution crisis head-on.

The first of the capital's low emission bus zones was named as Putney High Street in March, with 11 more to come.

The clean bus zone runs 145 buses on seven scheduled routes and will be serviced by cleaner buses in a drive to clamp down on nitrogen oxide emissions.

Read more: From Putney to Stratford: These are London's 12 new low emission bus zones

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