Brixton Road has been named London's most polluted street. Toxic levels of Nitrogen Dioxide have been recorded in the Lambeth area. Campaigners are calling for the Mayor to take urgent action.
A spokesperson for Sadiq Khan has told London Live News:
“The fact that Brixton Road has exceeded the legal safe levels of nitrogen dioxide in the first six days of the year underscores why urgent action is needed to improve air quality across London. Just today, the Mayor has announced ten additional Low Emission Bus Zones to help tackle some of our most polluted hotspots as part of a broader plan to transform our bus fleet. One of these zones will run through Brixton Road, ensuring that only the greenest buses are used on the capital’s most polluted routes.
“Later this year, he plans to introduce a new T-charge for older polluting vehicles in central London and will be consulting on bringing forward the Ultra Low Emission Zone earlier and expanding it up to the North/South Circular.
“But this is not enough – the Government needs to match the Mayor’s commitment to improving air quality as quickly as possible by introducing a national diesel scrappage scheme, reforming fiscal incentives like vehicle excise duty and giving him more power to tackle construction, building and river emissions through a new 21st Century Clean Air Act.”