Lambeth council is calling on TfL to install “clean buses” on every route that runs through Brixton Road and Streatham High Road.
Brixton Road’s air quality is among the worst in London.
In 2015, it exceeded the acceptable annual pollution levels just three weeks into the year.
Public Health England has estimated that 112 deaths a year are connected to poor air quality in Lambeth.
Lambeth’s cabinet member for Environment and Sustainability, Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, says she is determined to see things improve.
She said: “These cleaner buses are already in operation up in Oxford Street and in Putney. But here in Lambeth, where we are arguably the borough most reliant on buses, we have these old, gaz-guzzling, carbon-spewing buses clogging up our roads and harming our residents.
“Every day I see cyclists held up behind these buses and school children getting on and off, breathing in really harmful fumes.
“Cleaner Buses would make a huge difference to the air quality around our busiest roads and create a much healthier environment.”
Brathwaite has written to Boris Johnson and his senior environment advisor Matthew Pencharz asking them install the buses on every route running through Brixton Road and Streatham High Road.
A petition has also been launched, which you can sign here.
Lambeth Council is also lobbying to be included in the London Mayor’s Ultra Low Emission Zone from 2020; the proposal currently only covers the existing congestion charge zone.