Our Mayor’s Air Quality Fund (MAQF) is a £22 million fund over 10 years to support projects by London boroughs to improve air quality.
Mayor's Air Quality Fund
Projects supported in the third round of the MAQF were announced by the Mayor on 7 June 2019. In this round he is supporting four Low Emission Neighbourhoods (more detail on these below) and 11 other innovative air quality projects. The 11 projects are:
- Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) – an initiative to restrict access to only the cleanest vehicles in the “City Cluster”, the densely populated and heavily developed eastern corner of the City of London
- Redbridge School Streets – timed road closures outside five schools in Redbridge to reduce pupil’s exposure to pollution, increase safety, and encourage walking to school
- Camden Cargo Bike Network – a programme of extended loans of cargo bikes to help businesses make the switch from polluting vehicles wherever possible
- Idling Action – a project to take action on idling (including enforcement), spanning 27 boroughs
- Clean Air Thames – a project to retrofit 11 river vessels, including tugs and passenger transport, cutting their emissions by up to 90 per cent
- South London Construction Consolidation Centre – an initiative to consolidate construction deliveries across six south London boroughs, cutting at least 150 construction vehicle movements per day
- Non-Road Mobile Machinery Zone enforcement – a pan-London project to inspect construction sites in every borough to ensure they are using the cleanest construction equipment
- Healthy Streets Everyday – a project spanning 16 boroughs, which will deliver 250 car free and pedestrianisation initiatives or events over three years
- Zero Emissions Network (ZEN) Phase 3 – establishing ZENs in Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets. ZENs provide support, advice, events and small grants to help businesses reduce their emissions
- Hammersmith Zero Emissions Network – support for businesses to switch to zero/low emission vehicles in Hammersmith
- Enhanced street cleaning to cut particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution – new approaches to tackling highly polluted streets and pollution hot spots by investigating how street cleaning techniques can be used to improve air quality.
The fund is currently closed for applications and will reopen again in Autumn 2021 (for projects of three years’ duration).
Low Emission Neighbourhoods
A Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN) is a comprehensive package of measures delivered in an area of high pollution and high human exposure. It can include infrastructure to support walking and cycling, greening, infrastructure for ultra low emission vehicles, projects with schools and businesses, and innovative measures such as making prime loading bays accessible to only ultra low emission vehicles.
The Mayor has supported nine Borough LENs and six Business LENs to date with a total of £8 million.
Borough LENs funded in 2016
- Marylebone – delivered by Westminster Council
- City Fringe (Shoreditch) – delivered by Hackney, Islington, Tower Hamlets Councils
- Barbican – City of London
- Greenwich Town Centre and Trafalgar Road – Greenwich Council
- Ilford Garden Junction – Redbridge and Newham Councils
Borough LENs funded in 2019
- Stoke Newington LEN - Hackney Council
- Walworth Road LEN - Southwark Council
- Camden Town - Camden Council
- Becontree Heath - Barking and Dagenham Council
Business LENs funded in 2017
- Borough High Street, Southwark
- Homerton, Hackney
- Archway, Islington
- Aldwych and the Strand, Westminster
- Euston, Camden
- Hammersmith, Hammersmith and Fulham
The first round of funding supported a wide range of projects, including: freight consolidation, green walls, low emission vehicles, reducing pollution from construction sites and digital signage to reduce engine idling. You can read about them in our MAQF report.
A full report on the second round of funding will be published towards the end of the year.