More than 80 zero-emission buses have been added to London’s transport network in an effort to reduce the city’s carbon footprint. The new buses will operate on routes in and around Sutton.
Their introduction means that more than half of bus journeys made in Sutton will be on zero-emission vehicles. There are now more than 1,100 eco-friendly buses operating across London and Transport for London (TfL) is on track to have a fully zero-emission bus fleet by 2034.
The buses were unveiled at the Sutton campus of the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR). Transport and health officials pointed out that having lower emissions could help lower the capital’s cancer rates.
Seb Dance, deputy mayor for transport, said: ” We want to provide a real and clear alternative to private car use in outer London.” He also explained that providing eco-friendly transport could help lower a number of health conditions in the city.
“We know that cancer of course is one of the conditions, alongside heart disease and asthma, that is caused by poor air quality,” he said. The cancer rates in London, and of course in cities around the world, are very high.
“We have to do everything we can to contribute to the solution and the fight against cancer – cleaning up our air is a really important part of that battle.”
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Richard Woods, head of sustainability at the ICR, explained that the link between air pollution and cancer was well established. He said: “Fine particulates can build up in the lung, which can damage lung cell DNA, which can lead to cancer.
“We’re really pleased to see this further development in sustainable public transport – it’s something that the London borough of Sutton and the ICR have been asking for, to urgently support the growing London Cancer Hub here in Sutton.”
Which routes are getting the new buses?
The new buses will operate on the 93, 154, 164, 213 and 80 routes in Sutton. They join the zero-emission buses already running on route 413.
Tom Cunnington, TfL’s head of buses business development, said: “We’re not just replacing the buses, we’re also improving the interior. We’re giving a better seat, we’re providing USB sockets, improving the general ambience – there’s even a sunroof on the top of the bus as well, to make sure that the experience of travelling on a bus is better.
“Because it’s not just about how we improve the emissions from our own fleet. It’s how we can make our public transport offer across London, but particularly in outer London, more attractive – alongside walking and cycling – to encourage more people out of their cars, when they’ve got the choice.”
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