It follows a long running campaign by Vassall councillors to clean up the air in the area after research showed Brixton Road was one of the most polluted in London. Last year, a petition and lobbying by councillors resulted in new, cleaner bus engines being fitted to a large number of buses using the area. The new announcement means that from October 2017, the route will see exclusive use of hybrid or diesel buses with top-of-the-range anti-pollutant systems that meet or exceed Euro VI emissions standards. These are expected to reduce NOx emissions from buses along these routes by around 84 per cent. The cabinet member with responsibilty for the environment, Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, said:
We are delighted that the Mayor has lived lived up to his manifesto pledge to improve London air quality by focusing on London’s worst air quality hotspots outside central London. I would like to thank Lambeth for a Cool Planet for being our partners in this campaign and of course those who supported our aims by signing the petition.Lambeth is currently consulting on a new Clean Air Action plan which residents can learn more about here - Vassall councillor Paul Gadsby recently wrote about the importance of the consultation for the Brixton Blog which can be read here.