London,
12
March
2015
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16:19
Europe/London

Camden and Euston Road Neighbours Call for Low Emission Zone Extension

Camden Council, alongside major public and private sector institutions located around Euston Road and key health partners from across the borough, have written to the Mayor of London asking for the GLA and TfL to do more to address the poor air quality throughout London, and particularly around the Euston Road, which suffers from some of the capital’s worst air quality.

This follows TfL’s consultation earlier this year on a proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), which Camden and its partners believe is a missed opportunity to dramatically improve air quality across London.

Under the current plan, a large number of residents in Camden and beyond will continue to live in areas exceeding European limits for air pollution, whereas an extended ULEZ would help rectify this situation.

Camden and its partners believe the current plans will also increase congestion and worsen air quality around the borders of the ULEZ, which in Camden is the already heavily polluted Euston Road.

They have called on the Mayor to look closely at extending and strengthening the ULEZ proposals, and to work closely with Camden and its partners to improve air quality around Euston Road.

Councillor Sally Gimson, Cabinet member for Sustainability and Environment
"We are writing to the Mayor of London as a group of organisations that are deeply concerned about the effects of air pollution on everyone who lives, works and visits London. 

"The effects of poor air quality on public health are striking. Around 3,400 deaths per year in London can be attributed to just one particular air pollutant, with vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly disproportionately affected. 

"Several of the organisations writing alongside us work directly in the health sector, and deal directly with the impacts of poor air quality on London’s residents.

"The Mayor’s current ULEZ proposals are simply not good enough to deal with the issue, and reflect a huge missed opportunity. I am delighted to be joined by some of Camden’s closest partners, drawn from the public, private and health sectors, in calling on the Mayor and TFL to provide a clear roadmap for strengthening and widening the ULEZ and commit to working with us to improve air quality along the Euston Road."
Councillor Sally Gimson, Cabinet member for Sustainability and Environment