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Londoners deserve to know how polluting the new Routemasters really are - Stephen Knight

August 6, 2015 11:34 AM

Transport for London have admitted that they have no understanding of the real levels of pollution created by the new Routemasters despite repeated claims that they are the 'most environmentally friendly bus of its kind.'

In response to a freedom of information request TfL have today conceded that no pollution checks have been undertaken of the new Routemasters when they operate in their non hybrid mode and are entirely dependent on their diesel engines. The failure to undertake such testing is significant following the recent discovery that 80 of the new Routemasters are running entirely on diesel generators.

Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on this latest revelation about the new Routemasters said:

"Time and time again the Mayor has claimed that the new Routemaster is the most environmentally friendly bus of its kind.

"Such a claim is simply nonsense if the buses are not operating as intended and relying entirely on their dirty diesel engines.

"Londoners have paid a fortune for the new Routemasters. At the very least they deserve to know how polluting they really are.

"The Mayor should stop making fanciful claims about the new Routemasters and instead ensure a full evaluation is undertaken of the actual levels of pollution that the buses are creating."

ENDS

Notes to editors:

Transport for London's freedom of information response confirming that no pollution testing has been undertaken of the new Routemasters when operating in non hybrid mode.

Our ref: FOI-0738-1516

Thank you for your email received on 23 July 2015 asking for information about New Routemaster buses.

Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. Unfortunately we do not hold the information you require.

We only hold hybrid mode emissions data, as the basis of the test is to assess the vehicle in its normal operating mode.