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Campaigners respond to the Supreme Court’s ruling on ClientEarth’s air pollution case against the Government

29 April 2015

Campaigners respond to the Supreme Court’s ruling on ClientEarth’s air pollution case against the Government

As the Supreme Court rules today on ClientEarth's air pollution case against the UK Government, relating to a number of towns and cities across the UK where the nitrogen dioxide is at dangerous levels, Campaign for Better Transport urges that strong action is taken to curb emissions from transport.

Sian Berry said:

"Air pollution levels in towns and cities have been left out of transport planning for too long, and this judgement should be the wake-up call that shows much more action is needed to deal with the problem on the streets. 

"Any new government plan to reduce the public health toll of air pollution absolutely must include new measures to reduce traffic levels and help more people to use public transport, walking and cycling to get around our cities.

"Action to cut traffic in these ways would have a dramatic effect in the short-term timescales needed, and would bring more benefits more quickly than policies that only encourage cleaner vehicles."

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Notes to editors

Campaign for BetterTransport is part of the healthy air campaign  and you can read more on the air pollution case here