Council challenges Boris on bus pollution

Written by on November 21, 2015 in Council, Health, News, Transport - 4 Comments

Buses in BrixtonLambeth council’s cabinet member for environment and sustainability Jennifer Brathwaite has challenged London mayor Boris Johnson over promises of a greener fleet of buses to reduce pollution.

She told him in a letter that Lambeth has some of the worst air pollution in the UK.

Its effects have led leading civil rights lawyer Jocelyn Cockburn to seek ways to challenge pollution on the Brixton Road in court.

Cllr Brathwaite said reports had revealed that some hybrid buses are running solely on diesel so the promised reduction in emissions from London’s bus fleet is not being met.

Transport for London was supposed to upgrade London’s entire bus fleet to meet EU emission standards by 2015. This would entail fitting 1,800 older buses with selective cataytic reduction (SCR) and replacing the rest of the fleet with new hybrid Routemasters.

Cllr Brathwaite’s letter asked the mayor for a list of buses travelling through Brixton and Streatham which have been modified to meet European Union (EU) directives on pollution or are new hybrid buses, and if any of these buses are experiencing problems which forces them to run on diesel alone.

The mayor forecast that introduction of hybrid vehicles would reduce emissions of deadly mono-nitrogen oxides from buses serving Brixton and Streatham by around 75% by 2020 compared to 2014 levels.

Cllr Brathwaite asked if any figures were available which indicated a downwards trend in emissions from buses in Brixton and Streatham.

Telephone boxes

Cllr Brathwaite has written to John Whittingdale, the secretary of state for culture media and sport, calling on him to make it easier for local authorities to remove disused roadside telephone boxes.

They served no purpose other than as magnets for anti-social behaviour including drug-taking, she said.

Only BT has the power to remove a box and Cllr Brathwaite said the company charges around £10,000 a box to do so.

About the Author

Alan Slingsby moved to Brixton just as the 1981 uprising began. His nearest pub was the Effra and nearest off licence the Frontline — long gone in an earlier wave of closures of treasured community establishments. He works out of an office in St Matthews and before that the Bon Marché. Has edited newspapers for the National Union of Students and National Union of Teachers. Now makes a living designing magazines and books and anything else people will pay him for.

4 Comments on "Council challenges Boris on bus pollution"

  1. Richard November 21, 2015 at 11:50 pm ·

    Post boxes

    Cllr Brathwaite has written to John Whittingdale, the secretary of state for culture media and sport, calling on him…..

    Post boxes only have a tiny slit in them, blimey, I never knew then harboured anti social behaviour! What do they do rip up my letters!

  2. Richard November 21, 2015 at 11:46 pm ·

    You mention post boxes? I think you mean telephone boxes. I have never seen anyone take drugs or urinate inside a post box!

  3. Nick November 21, 2015 at 10:51 pm ·

    Pity Cllr Brathwaite isn’t as concerned about keeping the streets clean; is that because she’s responsible?

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