Penge Conservatives have welcomed news that less polluting buses will operate on the 358 and 354 routes towards the end of this year.
Conservative London Assembly Member for Bromley, Gareth Bacon, wrote to Transport for London (TfL) earlier this year to raise concerns about pollution from existing buses on the 227, 358 and 354 routes. Gareth highlighted that these routes used older more polluting models and asked transport bosses when local people could expect to see cleaner vehicles operating on the routes.
TfL have responded saying that the 227 route is already operated by a Euro VI bus and that the 354 would by the end of the year. TfL also stated that a new contract has been awarded so that the 358 would be an electric bus route by the end of the year, early next year at the latest.
Vice-Chairman of Penge Conservatives, Tom Capon, said:
"Air pollution is one of the biggest issue facing Londoners and we need to do all we can to clean up London's air. I thank Gareth for taking this issue up with TfL as we need to get these older polluting buses off the roads as quickly as possible".
"The 227, 354 and 358 buses operate on very congested routes so making these buses cleaner is a strong first step to cleaning up air quality locally".
Conservative candidate for Mayor of London Shaun Bailey has committed to electrification of the entire London bus fleet by the end of his term if he is elected in May.