Bus routes in Brent to get cleaner and greener

6 January 2017

In a move that will significantly help in making Brent a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, the A5 Edgware Road corridor has been announced as one of the Mayor of London's new Low Emission Bus Zones.


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today announced plans for 10 more Low Emission Bus Zones, deploying the greenest buses in air quality hotspots where people are exposed to high nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution and where older buses contribute significantly to road transport emissions.


One of these zones is set to be Edgware Road (Kilburn to Maida Vale), from Cricklewood Broadway via Kilburn High Road to Shoot-Up Hill.


The new greener buses, which will be a combination of hybrid and clean buses that meet Euro VI standards, are part of an improvement programme to 3,000 buses outside central London.


The zones are expected to reduce NOx emissions from buses along the routes by around 84 per cent; a big step forward in tackling the problem of air quality, not only in Brent but London as a whole.


Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Lead Member for Environment, said:


"This is fantastic news for residents and businesses along the A5 in particular, and for the area as a whole. The positive impact of the green bus routes will make a real difference on local roads, including Chamberlayne Road, where residents have been campaigning hard for cleaner air.


"Pollution doesn't confine itself to specific geographic boundaries and we need regional and national measures to successfully tackle it. We are extremely pleased to be working with Transport for London on the new low emission bus zone and making Brent cleaner and greener.


"Greener busses in Brent will really help our efforts to tackle poor air quality, but we need to continue to encourage everyone to understand the positive or negative effect their actions have on the air we breathe.


"Among the actions we are taking as a council are measures to encourage people to make fewer journeys by car and to walk or cycle instead, using our planning system to ensure new builds are energy efficient and working with schools to mitigate issues with the school run. We're currently refreshing our air quality action plan and will continue to work in partnership with residents and all of our partners to take action."