London hybrid buses deployed in city’s pollution hotspots 30 March 2011

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that 90 hybrid buses will be hitting the streets of the city during 2011, in a bid to improve the city's air quality and reduce carbon emissions.

The buses will run in some of central London's air quality hotspots – including Marylebone Road and Edgware Road – as part of efforts to improve the capital's air pollution.

Funding for the latest hybrid buses has come from DfT's Green Bus Fund, and it brings the total number of hybrid buses in the London fleet to more than 200.

"London is continuing to lead the way on hybrid buses, with our efforts contributing to the concerted effort to cut the Capital's CO2 emissions and pollution," comments Mike Weston, London Buses operations director.

"We are making excellent progress with this new technology and remain committed to maximising the number of new hybrid buses entering service from 2012," he adds.

To further aid air quality, TfL has begun the UK's first trial of applying dust suppressants at two central London locations with high levels of particulate matter pollution.

Its dust suppressant consists of made up of calcium magnesium acetate that sticks the particulate matter to the road. These measures are being put in place for London to meet PM10 legal limits.

John Challen

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