Ultra Low Emission Zone
Soon after his election the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, called for new proposals to urgently help tackle London’s lethal air pollution. The Mayor has already introduced the T-Charge in central London, bought forward the start date of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) for central London to 8 April 2019 and announced a series of measures to clean up London’s bus fleet.
Why Improve Air Quality?
In London, there are two pollutants which we want to tackle as a priority. They have a major impact on health:
- Nitrogen dioxide (NO2): At high concentrations, NO2 causes inflammation of the airways. Breathing in high levels of NO2 over a long period of time is associated with an increase in symptoms of bronchitis in asthmatic children and reduced lung development and function
- Particulate matter (PM): Breathing in high levels of PM over a long period of time contributes to the risk of developing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including lung cancer. Research shows that small particles (those with a diameter of 10 microns and smaller) – PM10 – are likely to be inhaled deep into the respiratory tract. The health impacts of the smallest particles (those with a diameter of 2.5 microns or smaller) – PM2.5 – are especially significant, as smaller particles can penetrate even deeper
Transport for London are now consulting on detailed proposals for two further initiatives to improve London’s air. These involve:
- Tightening the standards of the existing London-wide Low Emission Zone from 2020, which affects heavy vehicles – buses, coaches and HGVs and other heavy specialist vehicles
- Expanding the ULEZ for light vehicles (cars, vans and motorcycles) from central London to inner London up to, but not including the North and South Circular roads in 2021 so that all vehicles in this area are subject to emissions standards.
Click here to view a proposed boundary for inner Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).
Our goal is to ensure that the A4 which runs parallel alongside the perimeter of St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Chiswick, is included on the expansions plans for the Ultra Low Emission Zone.
The parents at St Mary's (and a large number of local residents) are in full support of this campaign. To get involved, please make sure you sign up to the petition below. Thank you in advance!