London is about to get a whole lot greener after Sadiq Khan announced that no more pure diesel double-deckers would be added to the city’s bus fleet from 2018.
He also unveiled a world transport first today, a double-decker bus hydrogen bus – made by UK manufacturer Wrightbus.
It comes after an estimate found that 9,400 premature deaths were caused by long-term air pollution in London.
Other global cities like New York, Amsterdam and Cape Town have already agreed to phase out diesel buses.
“I want London to become a world leader in hydrogen and electric bus technology,” said Khan.
“I’m implementing hard-hitting measures to clean-up London’s toxic air and it’s great that more cities are getting on board to phase out the procurement of pure diesel buses which sends a clear signal that only the cleanest technologies are wanted in our cities.
“Transforming London’s bus fleet by accelerating the introduction of zero-emission buses is important and I plan to work with bus manufacturers, other cities, the European Commission and the C40 Climate Change Leadership Group of Cities to move this agenda forward.”