Transport for London (TfL) has announced three new electric-only bus routes as part of mayor Sadiq Khan’s ambition to make all the capital’s buses zero emission by 2037.
The routes that will be converted to fully electric by 2019 include:
- Route 46 Paddington to St. Bartholomew's Hospital via King's Cross
- Route 153: Finsbury Park to Moorgate via Angel
- Route 214 Highgate Village to Moorgate via Camden.
To support the move, 56 new buses will be built in the UK in a partnership between British manufacturer ADL and Chinese company BYD, bringing the total number of electric buses in London to over 170.
The mayor’s draft transport strategy, published last month, proposes that all London buses will be zero emission by 2037 at the latest.
Mr 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 announcement follows the mayor’s new £86.1m programme announced last week to cut emissions from London's bus fleet.
Around 5,000 buses are set to be upgraded to meet the latest Euro VI emissions standard, cutting pollution by up to 95%, and all double-decker buses acquired after 2018 will be hybrid or zero-emission
On Friday Mr Khan announced his ‘long-term vision’ to improve bus services for patients, visitors and staff travelling to the capital’s hospitals with new bus links, re-routing and more buses to hospitals.