UK air pollution

Fewer older vehicles in London since ULEZ implemented

ULEZ sign
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Fewer older, more polluting vehicles are entering central London since the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), new figures from Transport for London (TfL) show.

The data shows that there were about 12,500 fewer non-compliant vehicles entering the area on an average day in July 2019 compared to March before ULEZ was implemented.

TfL also found that 75% of vehicles which enter the area now meet the emissions standards.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said it was "highly encouraging to see that so many motorists and businesses are helping reduce pollution by driving cleaner vehicles into the zone."

Notting Hill school’s car ban hailed a success

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Road outside school
Local Democracy Reporting Service

A scheme to stop parents driving their kids to a school in Notting Hill has been deemed a success on its first day.

In a bid to improve air quality and make the school run “safer and more relaxed”, Colville Primary School has started placing barriers at the end of its road during peak times with the six-week trial beginning on Tuesday.

Mother of two girls, Nadia Feiner, 43, was helping to supervise the barrier in Colville Road, which will go up at between 08:35-09:05 and 15:00-15:30.

“I think anything that helps improve our air quality is really important,” Ms Feiner said.

Another mum, Emma Kwan, 41, from Westbourne Grove, said: “This road would normally be chockablock, totally bumper to bumper with cars. I think it’s brilliant because I’m quite conscious of pollution, especially being close to the A40."

Hailing the scheme’s early success, head teacher Jagdeep Birdi said he would "advocate this for schools all over London. We want to reduce the number of children developing asthma. By doing that, we think this will improve attendance and outcomes for the pupils."

At the end of the trial, it will be reviewed by Kensington and Chelsea Council, which worked with the school on the plan, and could make it permanent.

New cycleway in Chiswick given green light

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A new cycleway down Chiswick High Road has been unanimously approved by Hounslow Council’s Cabinet.

Now that Cycleway 9 (C9) has been given the green light, it will go to Transport for London (TfL) for detailed design, with work expected to begin within a year.

Council leader Steve Curran said residents and businesses could expect some disruption as the segregated cycle paths were put in but “you can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs”.

He said: “There will be disruption but the council will work with TFL to keep businesses going.

“All the evidence suggests that where you have good quality cycle and walking it will improve the footfall in the high street. The really big thing is it will improve air quality.”

Chiswick is currently one of the most polluted areas in the borough, partly as a result of the proximity to the A4.

#GreaterLondoner: Rosamund Kissi-Debrah

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Rosamund Kissi-Debrah
BBC

My daughter became ill very suddenly.

She had an asthma attack, respiratory failure.

Ella was bubbly, happy, determined and clever.

But she died aged seven.

I realised I was powerless.

I wanted to find out why she became ill suddenly and why it was so severe.

We found a correlation between her hospital visits and spikes in air pollution.

But that is yet to be proved and why we’re going to the High Court with a new inquest.

I’m campaigning to raise awareness about the seriousness of asthma and the health impacts of air pollution. I’ve been everywhere from my local library to the World Health Organisation.

Two out of three deaths from asthma could be avoided.

I don’t see any victory when children continue to die.

A victory would be a decline in asthma deaths and we are so far away from that.

I never give up hope. If I thought that nothing would change then I wouldn’t get out of bed.

I will always have my down days. Ella’s birthday, the anniversary of her death.

But knowing that children could be saved keeps me going.

Why should our children continue to suffer?

What is more precious than the life of a child?

Ultimately the air just needs to be clean.

Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, Lewisham

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