Air pollution in Putney

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2013
Reference: 
2013/0460
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The average NO2 reading is 168 micrograms per cubic metre on Putney High Street in 2013, compared with a legal limit of 40. What will you be doing to ensure action is taken to tackle this dangerous level of air pollution?

Answer

Answer for Air pollution in Putney

Answer for Air pollution in Putney

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have put in place ambitious measures to address air pollution, including tighter Low Emission Zone standards, introducing taxi age limits, and creating Europe's largest hybrid bus fleet with 1,600 hybrid buses by 2016. With DfT I am funding a £10 million retrofit of up to 1,000 older buses with NOx reducing abatement equipment.

Since 2008 these measures have helped reduced NOx emissions by 20 per cent. They have also helped reduce PM10 and PM2.5 emissions by 15 per cent.

Specifically at Putney High Street, I have worked with LB Wandsworth to improve air quality. TfL is introducing new hybrid buses and retrofitting older buses. By summer 2013 85 per cent of the buses that pass through Putney will meet Euro IV standards, up from 20 per cent at the beginning of 2012. LB Wandsworth, meanwhile, is working with businesses to optimise deliveries and improve staff travel patterns.

However, I recognise more needs to be done and I will be announcing additional measures to tackle air pollution in February. As a first step I have announced a new £20 million Air Quality Fund to support all London boroughs in tackling hotspots such as Putney High Street.