2020 Vision and Mercer's Quality of Living Rankings (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1570
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In your 2020 vision you stated you wanted a city where "we can say that of all the big cities in the world, London is the best to live in". How does this ambition match the reality of a recent survey that put London at 38th in the Mercer 2014 quality of living rankings? The reasons given were air pollution and traffic congestion.

Answer

Answer for 2020 Vision and Mercer's Quality of Living Rankings (1)

Answer for 2020 Vision and Mercer's Quality of Living Rankings (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London has the most ambitious package of measures to improve air quality of any city in the world. We are one of the few to have both a Low Emission Zone and a Congestion Charge, the New Bus for London is the cleanest and greenest of its type and I have set out my plans for the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London from 2020. We have an impressive track record of tackling air pollution and my office are repeatedly asked for advice from cities around the world about how they can emulate our success.