Grafton Way air pollution

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/2115
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

At the moment taxis have to drive below residential windows in Grafton Way, Euston because they cannot go straight ahead, unless they want to drive down the underpass onto the Westway. This means that taxis and other vehicles queue below residential windows throughout the day which is very bad for the health of those who live there, especially those who work from home.   Camden Council monitored NO2 here last year resulting in readings well over the EU legal limit. There are no residents on Euston Road where the bus lane is, only the hospital which has air filtration unlike Grafton Way residents. Will you allow taxis to drive on the (newish) bus lane on Euston Rd in front of UCH, to reduce the pollution experienced by these residents?

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Answer

Answer for Grafton Way air pollution

Answer for Grafton Way air pollution

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The original decision to not allow taxis into this bus lane was due to concerns regarding taxis picking up and setting down passengers, which could have an impact on ambulances arriving at University College Hospital (UCH).

I have asked TfL to investigate, in conjunction with the London Borough of Camden (the relevant highway authority), whether taxis should be allowed to use the bus lane on Euston Road in front of UCH.