London to introduce world's first fleet of hydrogen double-deck buses

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LONDON, May 10 (Xinhua) -- London is to introduce the world's first fleet of hydrogen double-deck buses to help tackle toxic air problems in the British capital, announced Transport for London (TfL) Friday.

The 20 British-built zero-emission hydrogen buses will be introduced on three of London's busy bus routes next year, according to TfL.

TfL said the move to green buses is part of its drive to make London's transport zero-emission.

The environment-friendly buses will be introduced on routes 245, 7 and N7, with people travelling to Wembley Stadium, or from west London to the capital's famous theater quarter, the West End.

TfL is investing nearly 16 million U.S. dollars in the new buses, which will be built in Northern Ireland, and the fuelling infrastructure.

To encourage the take-up of the trailblazing technology in other cities in Britain and Europe, TfL is leading a joint initiative for hydrogen vehicles across Europe, known as the JIVE project.

JIVE aims to bring down the cost of the vehicles by buying in bulk with other authorities.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: "We all have a role to play in cleaning up London's toxic air and I've always said that TfL should lead from the front." Enditem

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