NICE Air Quality Guidance (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Reference: 
2017/0173
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Following the recent guidance published by NICE, how will you seek to smooth traffic flow across London?

Answer

Answer for NICE Air Quality Guidance (1)

Answer for NICE Air Quality Guidance (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has developed draft guidance on interventions that may be taken locally to reduce the impact on health from air pollution related to motorised road traffic. These guidelines are currently out for consultation with the final version due for publication in June. TfL is preparing a response to this consultation.

The draft guidelines recommend that authorities consider interventions to encourage smooth driving on motorways and major roads, and reduced speed in urban areas. TfL is working to address both through, for example, publicity campaigns on safer driving, by introducing 20mph limits on sections on the Transport for London Road Network and, by supporting the roll-out of 20mph zones on borough roads, via funding from Borough's Local Implementation Plans.

I recently introduced a package of measures to reduce congestion in the short term, including through improved communication with road users, better coordination of roadworks and the use of tools to manage traffic away from strategic parts of the road network. These measures will address some of the issues raised in the NICE draft guidance.

However, the long-term solution to the health impacts of motorised vehicle use is to reduce car dependency, and this will be a key component of my forthcoming Transport Strategy.

The Healthy Streets Approach TfL and I are now adopting aims to enable many more trips to be made on foot, by cycle and by public transport, and this will involve investing in new bus priority measures, cycle routes, and schemes to improve public realm and pedestrian facilities.

This strategic work will provide important benefits for the health of Londoners, and will also serve to improve the quality and liveability of our city.