Air Pollution - Oxford Street

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/5111
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Following your recent (if reluctant) acceptance of Kings College London data showing that Oxford Street has experienced the highest known concentration of nitrogen dioxide air pollution recorded anywhere in the world - confirmed in an exchange of letters with the Environment Audit Committee (EAC) - will you agree to study carefully new research conducted by the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust which has shown that just two hours' exposure to Oxford Street air could damage arteries and cause respiratory problems? 

Answer

Answer for Air Pollution - Oxford Street

Answer for Air Pollution - Oxford Street

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am focused on improving London's air quality, including at Oxford Street where my policy measures to introduce cleaner hybrid technology, retire the oldest most polluting taxis, use the planning system to reduce emissions from new buildings and retrofitting older ones have reduced NOx emissions along that road by 30% since 2008. Clearly more needs to be done which is why I am currently consulting on the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London.

My officers regularly review academic literature relating to health and air quality and use these to inform policy-making, including the study to which your question refers.