London ranks among worst European cities for air pollution

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London ranks among worst European cities for air pollution

Posted 7 September 2011 14:47 by martin

There’s a lot of talk at the moment about the shocking state of London’s air (and failure to improve it).

There is a lot of good work going on in London, funded by various Boroughs and TfL, but questions have been raised about the priorities at the very top of London government with regard to cleaning up the capital's air.

In response, Transport for London (TfL) points out that it has provided funding for the Boroughs to implement sustainable transport and air quality related schemes as well as implementing its own schemes that actively promote and engage with the public, employers and schools, and that its intensive work in this area has been ongoing for the past 5 years.

If you are planning a walk, and air pollution is of concern to you, walkit.com offers low pollution routes in London and Cambridge. While our routing avoids the worst of London’s NO2, rather than the particulates currently at the centre of the debate, it’s a very useful tool for avoiding the very worst of the city’s poor air quality.

We won’t pretend it's the complete solution, but if you can substitute some of your car, taxi or bus journeys in the city by walking or cycling – you’ll be reducing your own contribution to the problem.

You can read more about our low pollution routes here , more of the background in the Guardian's piece here , and follow at least some of the tweets here. Information about TfL's latest initiative to help businesses play their part in increasing adoptions of sustainable travel and improving local air quality can be found here.

This article was updated on 7 October 2011 in order to add information about the initiatives TfL has been involved in in order to address the issue of poor air quality in London.

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Comments

  1. Adam says:

    October 27th, 2011 at 10:15 am (#)

    I am not surprised about this post to be honest, It is for this reason that I regularly take my family on trips around the country. I especially like to pick a town that we have never been to before and find a cosy bed and breakfast. The family and I love to go on UK Walks , they are so much fun and a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of life in London.

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