At London Bus Stops, a Smog Report
City rolls out air-quality alerts on signs at 2.5K stops
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 7, 2016 11:59 AM CDT
In this Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 file photo, a new Routemaster double decker bus arrives at Victoria bus station in London. Londoners will soon be able to get air quality reports when they check whether...   (Sang Tan)

(Newser) – Londoners will soon be able to get air quality reports when they check whether their bus is about to arrive, reports the AP. Mayor Sadiq Khan has ordered that 2,500 bus stop information signs display air quality alerts on high pollution days. Some 140 dot-matrix message boards on roads leading to London will also display the information, along with instructions for drivers to switch off their engines while stuck in traffic to reduce emissions. Electronic update signs at subway stations will also display information on air quality.

The initiative, which begins Aug. 15, is part of Khan's crusade to clean up the air in the British capital. After taking office earlier this year, the mayor commissioned a survey showing that nearly 80% of those who responded were interested in receiving pollution data.