Welcome arrival of Borisbuses on Archway Route – December 2013

I’m very pleased that sustainable living strivers in “North Islington” now have a platform on which to voice their thoughts, experiences, concerns, and green enthusiasms.   I am not sure yet how this blog is going to be organised but guidance will surely appear!

To set the green ball rolling in our neck of the woods, I was delighted to jump on one of the new Borisbuses coming back from central London in mid-December.   These are recent arrivals on the 390 bus route which runs between Notting Hill Gate and Archway, via Queensway, Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Euston, King’s Cross and Tufnell Park. 

TFL says that this new bus is the most environmentally friendly bus of its kind.   In tests it only emitted 640 grams per kilometre (g/km) of CO2 and 3.96 g/km of Oxides of nitrogen (NOx) – less than half of the CO2 emitted by a current diesel bus (1295g/km) and under half of the NOx emitted by a current diesel bus (9.3g/km).  In testing, fuel economy was also better than twice that of a standard diesel bus at 11.6mpg – See more at: http://www.london.gov.uk/media/mayor-press-releases/2011/12/mayor-heralds-the-arrival-of-the-new-bus-for-london#sthash.BMe6q9EC.dpuf

As Islington’s air quality fails EU standards in all parts of the Borough and most especially on the main roads where it is a staggering 99% over EU standards for Nox (according to research published by the Green Party and Clean Air in London in September 2013), the arrival of this bus is a welcome step in the right direction.

I find the Borisbus very beautiful externally, and it was very pleasant upstairs.   It is a much more restful ride than other buses I use as the engine is very quiet.  

There is an argument as to whether the expensive Borisbus is the best use of taxpayers’ money, which could have been spread more widely by buying more current hybrid models – and there have been other problems with it – but swanning along in it up Junction Road, N19, on a warmish winter day is such a pleasure – and it leaves much cleaner air behind it than its predecessor.