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Andrew welcomes environmentally friendly new coaches for the busy London route

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Andrew today launched a new fleet of coaches on the busy X90 London bus route. 

Andrew today launched a new fleet of coaches on the busy X90 London bus route. As well as adding 15,000 extra seats a month, the new coaches will happily meet the latest environmental EuroVI standards, greatly reducing emissions levels.

Andrew said, "I'm delighted that Oxford Bus Company are investing in the busy London route while rolling out new coaches that meet the highest environmental standards. Not only are we bound to see improved air quality and public health benefits, but we are see investments in the cleanest energy around, which is key to sustaining our climate and that of future generations. It's good, too, that the new coaches have more storage space for cycles."

Euro VI standards lower PM emissions by 67 per cent compared to the previous standards, Euro IV and Euro V. Euro VI standards allow for the greatly valuable use of diesel particulate filters.

The improved environmental standards of the coaches are a welcome contribution to Oxford City Council's bid to improve air quality, which Andrew has been support. Introduced in January 2014 - the second in the UK outside London - the Council's low emissions zone is already having a big impact. Early results suggest that there have been no breaches of the hourly mean for nitrogen dioxide this year, in contrast to 10 breaches last year and 60 in 2012. Roads with historically high levels of nitrogen dioxide are often those travelled by buses and coaches, meaning that the new environmentally friendly coaches will help to reduce nitrogen dioxide levels still further.

Andrew continued, "Just to meet its carbon dioxide emissions reduction target, Oxfordshire has to invest at least £100 million each year. Tackling climate change on this scale cannot solely be done with public money and nor must it. Oxford Bus Company's investment shows that we can do a huge amount in relation to one of our typically largest causes of emissions."

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