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Lambeth lobbies TfL for cleaner buses to improve air quality

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Lambeth council is calling on TfL to install ‘clean buses’ on every route that runs through Brixton Road and Streatham High Road.

Brixton Road’s air quality is amongst the worst in London – as shown when its monitoring station exceeded acceptable annual pollution levels just three weeks into the year.

Public Health England has estimated that 112 deaths a year are connected to poor air quality in Lambeth.

Lambeth’s cabinet member for Environment and Sustainability, Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, is determined to see things improve – for the sake of cyclists, school children and pedestrians put at risk by polluted air.

She said: “These cleaner buses are already in operation up in Oxford Street and in Putney. But here in Lambeth, where we are arguably the borough most reliant on buses, we have these old, gaz-guzzling, carbon-spewing buses clogging up our roads and harming our residents.

“Every day I see cyclists held up behind these buses and school children getting on and off, breathing in really harmful fumes.

“Cleaner Buses would make a huge difference to the air quality around our busiest roads and create a much healthier environment.”

Cllr Brathwaite has written directly to Boris Johnson and his senior environment advisor Matthew Pencharz asking them to look at installing the buses on every route that runs through Brixton Road and Streatham High Road.

A petition has been launched on change.org and it is hoped that Lambeth residents will sign up to strengthen the call to TfL.

One signatory has commented; “I cycle on Brixton Hill every day doing my bit for the environment. Cleaner buses would make a huge improvement to my daily commute as well as to all those living in Lambeth.”

Cllr Brathwaite has also written to politicians, schools and cycling groups in the borough to increase support.

To sign the petition, people should visit; http://goo.gl/EtES8l

Lambeth is also implementing a 20mph speed limit on all council-controlled roads over the next 12 months, in a bid to cut emissions and make roads safer for cyclists.

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