Clean our dirty air - replace diesel buses with Green models in Barnet
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London is experiencing unprecedented levels of pollution that is thought to lead to thousands of premature deaths each year in our city.
According to research conducted by Greenpeace earlier this year there are 40 nurseries or primary schools that are within 150m of illegal levels of nitrogen oxide (great than 40.0µg/m3) in Barnet.
Most of these schools are found on busy roads or close to the main trunk roads that lead out of London.
In order to lead by example I am calling for TfL to replace all current diesel fleets with hybrid or electric models starting with those routes that pass by our schools.
The creation of Low Emission Bus Zones in the city is welcome but these should be prioritised around areas of high levels of pollution and along routes that include schools and nurseries.
I therefore call for the 240 bus route to be prioritised as a route to convert fully to an electric or hybrid fleet due to the high levels of schools and nurseries affected by illegally high levels of Nitrogen Dioxide.
The 240 bus route is a frequent double decker route that uses the Enviro400 model which runs on diesel. Whilst there are a number of hybrid Enviro400 models on the route they are far from the most environmentally friendly.
The 240 passes by Country Cows Nursery, Advanced Tutorial College, Etz Chaim, St Pauls and St Vincent’s in Mill Hill alone. As a parent of a toddler at County Cows nursery I am deeply worried about the slow pace in converting the 240 route to a more environmentally friendly fleet.
If we are serious about getting diesel off the roads and improving the air quality in our school playgrounds we must lead by example and change our buses to cleaner, greener models as soon as possible..
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