Transport for London - Health Improvement Action Plan (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Reference: 
2014/0563
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Why does Transport for London's Health Improvement Action Plan not address: (a) health impacts on those its restrictions directly influence (e.g. taxi and bus drivers exposed to diesel exhaust) and (b) air pollution in the London Underground?

Answer

Answer for Transport for London - Health Improvement Action Plan (1)

Answer for Transport for London - Health Improvement Action Plan (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London's Health Improvement Action Plan sets out the most significant health impacts of the transport system (as a whole) on the population of London as a whole.  Within this plan there are actions to address air quality which will benefit taxi and bus drivers including tightening the Low Emission Zone and exploring the potential for an Ultra-Low Emission Zone, retiring the most polluting taxis and cleaning the bus fleet.

TfL regularly assesses the impact of air quality on the customer and staff health. Research results have given sufficient reassurance that the dust on the Underground does not pose a significant risk to the health of customers or staff.  These research findings remain valid as there have been no significant changes since it was undertaken.  This is confirmed by regular monitoring of air quality by London Underground. TfL has world classoccupational health and hygiene experts who review the results of regular monitoring and also keep up to date with national and international research on air quality, including air quality in other metros.