ULEZ Boundary

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2016
Reference: 
2016/4413
Question By: 
Len Duvall
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

During the June Plenary you made a number of comments regarding the boundary of the proposed ULEZ. This included your statement that, "The consultation will include plans about the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) about whether we can bring it forward and about whether we can expand the area to include the North and South Circular". When questioned specifically on your views on including the North and South Circular you went on to say "We would like it to include it, yes, but it is subject to the consultation".

Given these statements, how do you explain the fact that the latest air quality consultation only seeks views on the option of "extending the ULEZ from Central London up to the North and South Circular"?

Answer

Answer for ULEZ Boundary

Answer for ULEZ Boundary

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The air quality consultation is seeking views on extending the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) for cars, vans and motorcycles up to, but not including, the North and South Circular roads. It is also seeking views on extending the ULEZ for buses, coaches and HGVs London-wide, including the North and South Circular roads. This is intended to be a balanced approach but it is subject to consultation.

Modelling for the original ULEZ indicated that the boundary road would not see an increase in air pollution as a result of not being included in the zone and it is likely to see a marked improvement overall. Any increases in emissions from vehicles using the boundary road to avoid the ULEZ would be offset by the cleaner vehicles travelling into the zone, and journeys which have been switched to public transport, walking and cycling.

As part of the consultation, TfL is working with stakeholders, including boroughs, and will be taking views on a range of issues including on the potential boundary. Subject to the outcome of this informal consultation, TfL will begin the detailed design work on the expanded ULEZ, ahead of statutory consultation later in 2017.