Mayor's clean air consultation report

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Reference: 
2016/3648
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Even a small increase in traffic, particularly HGV traffic, will increase roadside air pollution. It is therefore disappointing that this consultation report does not refer at all to those respondents who called for the Mayor to abandon plans for new or wider roads. How many respondents expressed these sentiments and why were they not mentioned in the report?

Answer

Answer for Mayor's clean air consultation report

Answer for Mayor's clean air consultation report

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Londoners gave me their overwhelming support on a bold and comprehensive package of measures to tackle air quality in London. In doing so, respondents were openly invited to provide suggestions for improving air quality and reducing air pollution in London as a whole, or in their local area.

Every comment was assessed and coded into summary themes. The published consultation report highlights themes that received a large number of comments. There were a very small number of comments that could be characterised as sentiments towards new or wider roads and this is why it was not included in the report.

I have now invited Londoners to take part in workshops and discussions as part of my new vision for London: A City for All Londoners. In my vision, I outline the need to improve the reliability of existing road capacity, so that we can make the most of limited space. I have no doubt that hard choices will need to be made about how we use the space to achieve the right local outcome.

I intend to ensure Londoners have a genuine say on this challenging subject. Further detail will emerge as my transport and environment strategies are published for consultation next year.