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A KEY bus route to Greenwich is about to become more environmentally friendly.

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The ‘hybrid’ buses, which emit less nitrogen pollution than traditional diesel double deckers, are coming to the 188 route this year.

The service links North Greenwich station to Russell Square and is one of the busiest in the capital.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who has been criticised for his record on cutting harmful emissions in the capital, said the new vehicles will have immediate benefits.

“These shiny, new, hybrid buses are a great addition to Transport for London’s fleet. They will be deployed on some of central London’s more polluted streets as part of our ongoing efforts to improve air quality in the capital.”

The funding has come from the Department for Transport’s Green Bus Fund, which has contributed £13 million since 2009 and taken the hybrid fleet in London to more than 200.

Hybrid buses are also being placed on the routes 73, 453, 436, 16 and 139.

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