Response to new City Hall air pollution analysis

Responding to new City Hall analysis of air pollution near schools, Nick Bowes, Chief Executive of Centre for London said:

“Raising children in London shouldn’t damage their health but these shocking figures from City Hall show that it does.

“Successive mayors have promised to do more to tackle this crisis but London still exceeds legal air pollution limits many times over.

“Around half of air pollution comes from road transport, so we must find new ways to significantly reduce vehicle-related pollution.

“The expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in the autumn will be a huge step, but City Hall could be bolder and adopt a pay-per-mile road user charging scheme which would deliver cleaner air, increase active travel and reduce congestion, as well as provide a substantial income stream to help plug Transport for London’s finances.

“London also needs more devolution so that it can tackle other sources of poor air quality beyond road vehicles.”