The Mayor of London has announced the introduction of 10 new Low Emission Bus Zones (LEBZ).
Sadiq Khan says the move will see the most environmentally-friendly buses being used on the most highly polluted streets in the city to cut Nitrogen Oxide emissions by 84% across the selected routes.
It brings the total number of planned LEBZ up to 12, with new areas going green including Putney, Stratford and Wandsworth.
Thousands of children in 172 schools within 100 metres of these zones could see huge health benefits.
Currently, 9,000 premature deaths in the capital each year are attributable to the toxic chemicals in the air, according to information from the Mayor’s Office.
Around £50 million will also be invested in Bus Priority Stops across London to speed up the arrival, boarding process and departure from stops to reduce engine idling and the extra pollution this causes.
Mr Khan, said: “Tackling London’s filthy air is one of my main priorities and I am delighted to be delivering on that commitment by introducing these new Low Emission Bus Zones.
“Removing the oldest, dirtiest buses from our streets and delivering Low Emission Bus Zones will make a big contribution to tackling transport pollution.”
He has also proposed to introduce the planned ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) in 2019, a year ahead of schedule.