West End retailers launch 12-point plan to tackle capital’s air pollution hotspot
Retailers and property companies in London are joining forces to back Mayor Sadiq Khan’s campaign to improve air quality in the capital.
New West End Company (NWEC), a coalition of more than 600 businesses operating in the heart of London, has launched what it bills as the first ever business-led scheme to drive improvements in air quality across London’s West End.
London has some of the worst air quality in Europe, and long-term exposure contributes to the deaths of 9,500 Londoners every year, according to the Mayor’s office. People living, working and visiting London’s premier shopping mecca are among the worst affected. The coalition points out that Oxford Street surpassed the annual limit of NO2emissions for 2015 within the first four days of the year.
A ‘public health emergency’
Khan, who was elected in May on a platform of tackling London’s “public health emergency”, was quick to unveil an action plan on air quality. The mayor’s proposals include a £10 charge for the most polluting vehicles, introducing the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) one year earlier than planned in 2019 and extending it beyond central London from 2020. He also wants to push the government to fund a diesel scrappage...