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Not on Putney High Street - NO2 levels have been higher than EU maximum 75 times this year!
A recent review of air monitoring stations around London have shown that the Nitrous Oxide (NO2) levels in the capital have broken the EU rules that state that NO2 monitoring stations, which report levels every hour, cannot exceed 200mg per cube metre more than 18 times in a calendar year. Putney High Street has exceeded the limit 70 times already this year - second only to Brixton Rd in Lambeth which has exceeded levels 140 times!
The continuous monitoring site on Putney High Street was installed by Wandsworth Council in July '09 in response to a sampling study using passive diffusion tubes which highlighted elevated levels of nitrogen dioxide along the high street.
According to the London Air Quality Network based at Kings College London:
Simon Birkett, Founder of the Campaign for Clean Air in London, told PutneySW15.com:
In March '09 Malcolm Grimston the Executive member for the environment said:
A council spokesman said: “We installed this monitoring equipment to develop a better picture of how heavy traffic is affecting air quality in Putney. The evidence we gather will help us to lobby the Government and Mayor to take the tough measures necessary to combat the number of heavily polluting vehicles on London's roads.
“Through our Air Quality Action Plan we have launched a range of local initiatives aimed at cutting emissions and increasing people's awareness of polluting behaviour. This includes free vehicle emissions testing, promoting car-clubs, installing electric car charging points, regulating industrial processes to cut pollutants, environmental theatre productions in primary schools and a campaign to encourage parents to switch off their engines when picking up children from school.
“We have also introduced the airTEXT messaging service which warns residents when high pollution levels are forecast.”
January 28, 2010