Local Assembly Member attributes this to introduction of the Low Emission Bus Zone
Putney High Street has suffered being one of the most polluted High Streets in London for many years and this year the High Street is yet to breach legal limits.
In response to new figures showing that NO2 levels have stayed within legal hourly limits so far this year at Putney High Street, in contrast to the 1,279 hours of illegal levels being recorded at this location in 2016, local London Assembly Member, Leonie Cooper AM, said: “This is fantastic news, marking a continuing trend since the introduction of the Low Emission Bus Zone in 2017, which has led to a dramatic decrease in the levels of harmful emissions around Putney High Street.
“Toxic air is a silent killer, disproportionately affecting the most deprived communities, contributing to the premature deaths of almost 10,000 Londoners per year and stunting the lung development of our children.
Leonie Cooper, pictured above, continued: “City Hall is taking stringent action to tackle air pollution, and the extension of the ULEZ next year, which will cover Putney, is set to have a hugely positive impact”.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Toxic air is a national health crisis contributing to thousands of premature deaths ever year. I have taken bold action in London with measures such as the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone and Low Emission Bus Zones, and it’s undeniable that these are making a difference to the air we breathe.
“We’re doing all we can in the capital, with proven results, so there are no excuses left for the Government’s failure to match our levels of ambition.”
February 24, 2020