Putney High Street still exceeding EU pollution limits despite eco-buses
New eco-buses have failed to bring air quality levels within EU regulated limits on the borough's most polluted road.
Last year Transport for London replaced old buses travelling in Putney High Street, Putney, when levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) were reaching dangerous levels.
Low emission hybrid buses and retrofitted buses with catalytic converters are now operating in the area.
Readings taken at the Putney High Street air quality monitoring station over a three week period, from July 9 to July 26, recorded 20 exceedances of NO2 limits.
This exceeds regulations laid out by the EU, which sets a legal limit of no more than 18 times over the limit in the space of a year.
TfL declared Putney High Street a priority for greener transport last January, while European air pollution legislation is also under review.
Jenny Jones, Green Party Assembly Member, is calling on the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to replace all of the buses with cleaner hybrid models.
She said: "Putney High Street is a disgraceful example of the Government and Mayor’s failure to take responsibility for air pollution and it clearly hasn’t been completely fixed.
"As a result even more people will suffer from heart disease, worse asthma and other respiratory conditions."
Ken Davidson, head of operations for London Buses, said: "The SCR equipment we are retrofitting onto 900 of our buses has demonstrated a proven reduction in harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions of up to 88 per cent - both in recognised test cycles and on buses in passenger service."
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