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Study shows real health damage from traffic

26 January 2007
Responding to the publication of research in the leading medical magazine The Lancet [1], which links pollution from motorway traffic with unhealthy lung development in children, the campaign group Transport 2000 [2] said that this research gave yet another reason to promote better public transport, walking and cycling.

Executive Director Stephen Joseph said:

"This study is critical in showing the real health damage from traffic, but this is ignored entirely in Government transport policy. Clean technology will help, but we also need strategies to cut traffic, for example through affordable public transport, cycle priority routes and safe routes to school. Even the petrol heads will have to accept that children’s health should take precedence over city driving. The message is, children need cleaner transport. "

Notes to editors

[1] Gauderman WJ, Vora H, McConnell R, et al. 'Effect of exposure to traffic on lung development from 10 to 18 years of age: a cohort study,' The Lancet. Published online 26 January 2007: www.thelancet.com

[2] Transport 2000 is an independent campaigning and research body that represents the key transport interests of around 40 environmental groups, transport organisations and transport unions. We bring together people who seek to reduce the environmental and social effects of transport through encouraging less use of cars, lorries and planes and more use of rail, buses, trams, cycling and walking.