Text Size

Current Size: 100%

Campaigners welcome new London mayor's focus on air pollution

13 May 2016

Campaign for Better Transport has responded to Sadiq Khan's announcement of a new consultation into how to tackle air pollution in London.

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner, said:

"It's good to see the new Mayor recognises the need for urgent action on London's air pollution crisis. With dirty diesel engines the main cause, early introduction of an expanded Ultra Low Emission Zone would be a vital and welcome step.

"However, cleaning up central London's air while increasing pollution elsewhere in the capital is unacceptable. The Mayor must also keep his promise to review the damaging plans for the Silvertown tunnel which would simply attract more heavy traffic through some of London's worst affected neighbourhoods."

ENDS

For further information please contact James MacColl, Head of Campaigns at Campaign for Better Transport, on 020 7566 6484/07949 597 880 or james.maccoll@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

1. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).

2. The Mayor's announcement that he will launch a policy consultation within a few weeks to investigate ways to reduce air pollution can be viewed here. Almost 10,000 people die every year as a result of air pollution.