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The government today published its draft Air Quality Plan. And as our head of policy and comms, Tom Platt, explains, it falls short in some key areas.

Tom Platt

Living Streets does not believe the draft plan sets out the necessary measures for the government to meet its legal duty of ensuring that legal limits of nitrogen dioxide are met in the shortest time possible.

  • The plan is insufficiently detailed and does not contains measurable targets or adequate resources for delivery
  • Promoting and enabling walking for everyday short journeys is the quickest, cheapest and easiest way to reduce air pollution in our cities. Huge opportunities for walking to be part of the solution are missed and the proposed removal of traffic calming measures will discourage walking in the places it could have the most impact
  • Clean air zones should not be an option of last resort and the technical evidence shows they are the only way to get pollution within legal limits as quickly as possible

The draft action plan has been out for consultation until 15 June 2017 and the final plan must be published by 31 July 2017.

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