Air quality issues in Hounslow

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-07-17
Session date: 
July 17, 2013
Reference: 
2013/2583
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In the recent Hounslow community consultation on Heathrow, over 70 per cent of the residents said they were concerned about poor air quality and high levels of pollution. What are you doing to represent their interests on these issues?

Answer

Answer for Air quality issues in Hounslow

Answer for Air quality issues in Hounslow

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Improving London's air quality is a priority for me and since I was elected I have put in place an ambitious package of measures, including tighter Low Emission Zone standards, retiring the oldest, most polluting taxis and cleaning up the bus fleet. Together these measures have reduced emissions of NOx by 20 per cent and PM10 by 15 per cent since 2008.

Through my Mayor's Air Quality Fund I have provided £450,000 to Hounslow and other West London boroughs for two projects. The first is to assess and identify potential mitigations for the air quality impacts along strategic West London corridors. The second will support the use and uptake of electric vehicles along the Great West Road by working with local businesses such as Glaxo SmithKline.

One of the major sources of air pollution in the Hounslow area is caused by the operations of Heathrow Airport. Minimising the harmful impacts of aviation is a key objective of both the Government and the Airports Commission and this is one of the main reasons why I am calling for a new hub airport to be built to the East of London.