In the same week that charity Living Streets released data showing that 75% of parents in London are worried about the effect air pollution is having on their children’s health, the London Mayor Sadiq Khan made the announcement that the Greater London Authority will release a £1m fund to help protect pupils from air pollution.

 

 

Tompion Platt, Living Streets’ Head of Policy says:

“For Walk to School Week this week we spoke to parents and found that, especially in London, there is great concern about the negative effects air pollution is having on the city’s children. We know that air pollution is particularly harmful to young lungs and Sadiq Khan’s ambition to tackle this issue in our capital is well-placed and necessary.

“The measures proposed by the Mayor to close roads around some of the capital’s primary schools and to encourage walking and cycling to school are effective ways of reducing air pollution outside the school gate. And with one in four cars on our roads in the morning peak taking children to school, we can improve air quality and reduce congestion for everyone by supporting more families to walk. As we’ve highlighted in our report ‘Swap the school run for a school walk’ released this week, it’s vital that central government and local authorities around the country are implementing measures to increase the numbers of children walking to school to help improve our nation’s air quality.”