Nicholas Cecil and Sophia Sleigh have reported that dirtier diesel buses that were removed from a London high street to tackle toxic air have been put on a route that goes close to at least a dozen schools and through a major hospital.
Jonathan Cook, deputy leader of Wandsworth council, said: “London faces an air quality crisis but worsening the situation in Battersea and Tooting to improve Putney clearly isn’t the way to do it.”
He described it as “crazy” to make dirtier buses go near so many schools and a hospital and accused TfL of keeping people “in the dark” about the swap.
Leon Daniels, TfL’s managing director of surface transport, said the buses moved from Putney were being upgraded as quickly as possible to make them greener, and he apologised for delays in doing so.
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