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Next Government urged to look at devolving air passenger duty


The leader of a Labour council in the shadow of Heathrow Airport has urged the next Government to look at devolving air passenger duty (APD).

City Hall hails ‘dramatic’ air quality improvements


Air quality in the capital has improved ‘much faster’ than in the rest of the UK because of policies introduced by the London mayor, according to a report.

UK’s first healthcare air quality alert launched


Healthcare professionals in London will be notified directly about high pollution episodes, London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced.

Councils near Gatwick raise alarm over runway plan


Local authorities near Gatwick have raised concerns over the potential increase in noise and air pollution if the airport brings another runway into use.

Work begins on Oxford traffic filters


Work has started on a number of streets in Oxford to prepare the way for six traffic filters as part of a trial aimed at reducing traffic in the city.

Sheffield to invest £1m CAZ funds to improve air quality


An estimated £1m raised through Sheffield’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) will be used to improve air quality near schools, the city council says.

Major step towards airport reopening


Councillors have voted to progress plans to reopen Doncaster Sheffield Airport using £138m in devolution funding.

Newcastle CAZ generates £2.4m


The Newcastle and Gateshead Clean Air Zone (CAZ) brought in more than £2.4m in its first 11 months of operation.

Westminster revamps emissions-based parking charges


Westminster City Council will revamp its parking schemes so that residents and visitors are charged based on their vehicles’ tailpipe emissions.

Greta Thunberg joins Hampshire airport protest


Residents, councillors and Extinction Rebellion activists were joined by climate campaigner Greta Thunberg to protest the expansion of a private jet facility at the weekend.

Government faces legal action over air pollution death


The mother of a girl whose death was linked to poor air quality is bringing a High Court claim against the Government.

Stoke-on-Trent council plans to stop ‘sledgehammer’ CAZ


A team from Stoke-on-Trent City Council is working on a plan to stop a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) being implemented in the city.

BCP Council extends successful bike scheme


A bike scheme in Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole (BCP) Council area has been extended for five more years.

Think-tank calls for ‘sensible adjustments’ to clean air zones


Schemes to reduce air pollution should be designed to avoid penalising those living in more deprived areas, a think-tank has said.

Mayor Burnham criticises fee-paying clean air zone


Public investment in buses and taxis will improve air quality in Greater Manchester faster than a fee-paying clean air zone (CAZ), Mayor Andy Burnham says.

Air pollution in most high streets exceeds guidelines, study finds


Most of Britain’s biggest high streets have air pollution levels above World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations, according to a new study.

Luton Airport Expansion – how much growth is too much?


As COP28 continues, Cllr Richard Roberts, Herts County Council, criticises Luton Airport's plans to increase passenger numbers to 32 million a year.

Portsmouth CAZ ‘not enough’ as legal limits still breached


A government-mandated clean air zone (CAZ) in Portsmouth is not enough to reduce emissions, with pollution on three sites continuing to breach the legal limit, the city’s council has said.

Councillors ‘powerless and penniless’ on clean air


Elected members do not believe that councils have the powers or budgets to make meaningful change on air quality, research has found.

Government approves plans to increase Luton Airport capacity


Plans by London Luton Airport (LLA) to increase its passenger cap by one million a year have been approved by the Government.

Bus companies brand Oxford LTNs a ‘failure’


Low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) in Oxford have ‘made congestion worse’ and delayed bus services, operators have argued.

Greening Up: why, where and how


Nicholas Boys Smith, director of Create Streets, sets out how local councils can improve the level of urban greenery and why they should.

Sunak launches fight for motorists


The Government has announced plans to discourage English councils from bringing in 20mph and traffic reduction measures.

Bradford claims success from watered-down CAZ


Bradford Council has celebrated questionable success in its struggle to demonstrate compliance with the legal limit for toxic air pollution.

Newcastle clean air zone brings in £500k


Newcastle City Council’s clean air zone (CAZ) has brought in over £500,000 in the first six months of its operation, new figures from the council reveal.

Tower Hamlets to remove LTN road closures


Tower Hamlets has decided to remove its low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) road closures despite the majority of affected residents supporting the measures.

Councils press for more stringent air quality targets


Local authorities have dismissed claims air pollution targets cannot be met by 2030.

Birmingham’s clean air zone less effective than previously thought


Birmingham’s clean air zone (CAZ) has been less effective at reducing the levels of nitrogen dioxide gas than was previously thought, new research suggests.

RAC urges councils to install ULEZ signs


Local authorities surrounding London have been advised to install signs warning drivers of today’s expansion of the capital’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

Worcester endorses 20-year transport strategy


City councillors in Worcester have endorsed a new 20-year transport strategy which is aimed at delivering a more sustainable transport system.

Gloucestershire to roll out 1,000 EV chargers


Gloucestershire County Council is set to begin the rollout of 1,000 electric vehicle charging points at the end of this month.

Vehicle emission schemes raise £418m


More than £400m in fees and penalties has been generated from vehicle emission schemes in England, a freedom of information (FOI) request has revealed.

City Hall accused of countering science on ULEZ


Sadiq Khan’s office has been accused of trying to counter scientists who suggested London's ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) had little impact on pollution.

Khan tells neighbouring councils to ‘put politics aside’ over ULEZ


London mayor Sadiq Khan has urged Surrey, Kent and Hertfordshire county councils to ‘put their politics aside’ and allow the installation of ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) infrastructure.

The case for low-traffic neighbourhoods


Tanya Braun, Living Streets makes the case for low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) and argues for an area-by-area approach to reducing the impact of traffic.

LTN vandalism costs London boroughs £850,000


Local authorities across London are being forced to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds repairing vandalised low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) infrastructure.

Home County drivers face taxation without representation


Cllr Phil Bibby, executive member for Highways & Transport, Hertfordshire County Council sets out why some local authorities are opposed to the ULEZ expansion.

Labour U-turns on support for clean air zones


Labour has scrapped its public support for ULEZ-style clean air zones across the country.

Bristol rules out workplace parking levy


Bristol City Council has ruled out introducing a workplace parking levy because of the cost-of-living crisis.

MPs launch electric vehicle (EV) inquiry


An inquiry into electric vehicles (EVs) has today been launched to help the Government better understand how the UK will reach net zero.

Majority of ULEZ scrappage scheme remains unclaimed


More than £71.5m of the original £110m pot for the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) scrappage scheme has gone unclaimed, new figues have revealed.

Transport planners write to PM in defence of LTNs


The Transport Planning Society (TPS) has written to the PM in defence of low traffic neighbourhoods in the wake of the Government's push-back.

Khan urges critics to join him in call for southeast scrappage scheme


Sadiq Khan has urged Home Counties councils to join him in calling on the Government to fund a southeast scrappage scheme for non-ULEZ compliant cars.

Councils invited to bid for share of £6m air quality fund


Councils across England are being invited to bid for a share of £6m of Government funding to help tackle local air pollution.

ULEZ scrappage scheme extended


Sadiq Khan has announced that the ULEZ scrappage scheme will be expanded, with grants of £2000 being made available to all Londoners with a non-compliant car.

London borough set to launch its own £1m scrappage scheme


Merton Council is planning to introduce a £1m vehicle scrappage scheme, helping residents replace cars that are not ULEZ compliant.

Now I am become Uxbridge, destroyer of rational climate discourse


Jason Torrance, UK100, responds to the Government’s criticism of clean air zones, low-traffic neighbourhoods and other net zero schemes.

Greenwich brings in parking charges based on emissions


Parking charges and resident and business permits in Greenwich are now based on vehicles’ carbon dioxide emissions.

National review of low-traffic neighbourhoods ‘unnecessary’


Local authorities are best placed to make decisions about whether to implement low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTN) or not, council chiefs have told the PM.

Mayor Khan wins ULEZ expansion legal battle


There is no legal impediment to the Mayor of London’s expansion of the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) to outer London, the High Court has ruled.

Air pollution impact on health ‘underestimated’


A study in Bradford has linked healthcare attendances for breathing difficulties to breaches in daily air pollution limits.

Hertfordshire CC refuses to allow ULEZ signs


Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) signs and enforcement cameras will not be permitted in Hertfordshire, the council leader has told London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Driving out pollution


Cllr Rezina Chowdhury, deputy leader of Lambeth Council, discusses how her London borough is phasing out diesel to protect residents’ health.

Essex bans ULEZ signage


Essex CC has voted to ban signs relating to the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) ahead of the scheme’s scheduled expansion to the county’s borders in August.

Newcastle City Council to review LTNs


Newcastle CC has insisted a review of low traffic schemes was commissioned before a former external auditor raised concerns about the way it was implemented.

London City Airport expansion blocked by Newham Council


Newham Council’s strategic development committee has voted unanimously to block London City Airport’s plans for expansion.

Thousands more green buses needed to reach net zero


More than 5,800 extra green buses are needed in England by 2030 to reach net zero and support the levelling up agenda, according to a new report from IPPR.

LGA: Councils best placed to lead on climate action


The LGA has said that only councils can lead the climate action required to meet net zero after a report described Government progress as ‘worryingly slow’.

Get on your bike!


Richard Dilks, chief executive of Collaborative Mobility UK (CoMoUK), looks at what local authorities can do to promote shared bike schemes.

Leeds pollution still at illegal levels after CAZ ditched


Toxic air pollution in Leeds was above legal limits in 2021 after the city council chose not to proceed with a government-mandated Clean Air Zone (CAZ).

Oxfordshire unveils £200,000 air pollution plan


Oxfordshire County Council has unveiled a £200,000 plan to cut air pollution which it says is the 'biggest environmental risk to public health'.

Haringey to treble number of School Streets


Haringey councillors have signed off on a plan that will almost treble the number of School Streets in the borough to 61.

Cleaner air for those that need it most


Cllr Rowena Champion, Islington Council, discusses the local authority's new initiative to protect residents in care homes from pollution.

Vent-Axia supports Clean Air Day


Vent-Axia is supporting Clean Air Day on Thursday 15 June 2023 and welcomes the theme “Clean up our air to look after your mind this #CleanAirDay”.

Reducing carbon emissions with data


Subu Kamal, TRL Software, looks at how councils can work collectively to reduce carbon emissions with data.

Birmingham council launches air quality fund


A funding scheme for cycle racks, school traffic exclusion plans and other measures has been launched to help improve air quality in Birmingham.

Court widens grounds in ULEZ challenge


The High Court has allowed further grounds to be added to the Judicial Review into the proposed expansion of the ULEZ to outer London.

Bristol announces low traffic neighbourhood scheme


A new low traffic neighbourhood scheme in Bristol will create a safer and healthier place for people to live and spend time, according to council leaders.

Councils face ‘Kafkaesque’ barriers to net zero


Local authorities face ‘Kafkaesque’ barriers to achieving net zero goals, a new report backed by the Government’s net zero tsar has concluded.

Toxic air pollution in London exceeds WHO guidelines


Every borough in London exceeds World Health Organization (WHO) limits for toxic air pollution, new data reveals.

Sutton Council launches anti-ULEZ expansion petition


Sutton Council in south-west London has launched a petition among residents to protest against new restrictions on vehicle emissions.

High Court grants permission for ULEZ judicial review


The High Court has granted permission for a judicial review into the proposed expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to outer London this summer.

Air quality consultation launched


The Government has launched a consultation on how councils in England can improve air quality.

Yorkshire Dales to see ‘significant boost’ in public transport


Public transport in the Yorkshire Dales is to expand after the authority running the National Park agreed to encourage a ‘boost’ to bus and rail services.

Police called after LTN planters set on fire


Rochdale Borough Council has called the police after local low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) planters were set on fire.

Nearly 700,000 drivers in Greater London face ULEZ charges


Nearly 700,000 car drivers in Greater London could be liable to pay a £12.50 charge to drive into the city from the summer, according to the RAC.

Private cars exempt as Sheffield finally gets CAZ


Sheffield’s CAZ came into force on Monday, more than five years after the Government legally directed the council to implement the air quality measure.

Five councils launch judicial review against ULEZ


Five councils have launched a judicial review against Transport for London and London mayor Sadiq Khan over the expansion of the ULEZ to outer London.

MICHELIN’s Connected Fleet leads to nearly 50% drop in engine idling


Highway Traffic Management (HTM) reports dramatic drop in engine idling, following the installation of MICHELIN Connected Fleet’s on-board telematics system.

Council chiefs hit back at Defra’s air quality demands


Councils do not hold the ‘important levers to tackle air quality’, council leaders have said in response to the environment secretary’s clean air plans.

Three quarters of Hackney streets to become LTNs


Hackney is set to ban most vehicles from most of its roads in what it says is ‘the country’s most ambitious plan’ for Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) so far.

Khan faces new pushback over ULEZ expansion


A London council has vowed to continue its fight to delay the expansion of the capital’s ultra low emission zone (ULEZ).

Gloucestershire councils sign net zero agreement


Local authorities in Gloucestershire have joined forces to reduce transport emissions and achieve net zero goals.

LTNs lead to ‘substantial declines’ in traffic, study reveals


The largest ever study into the impact of low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) in London found that they led to ‘substantial declines’ in motor traffic.

Edinburgh first Scottish city to endorse plant-based diet


Edinburgh Council has become the first Scottish city and first European capital to endorse an initiative aimed at tackling emissions from animal agriculture.

Air quality campaigners warn of ‘dark stores’


Air quality campaigners have called on levelling up secretary Michael Gove to tighten up regulations around last-mile delivery depots.

Cumbria coalmine decision branded ‘dereliction of duty’


The Government’s decision to grant planning permission for a new coalmine in Cumbria is a ‘shocking dereliction of duty’, planners say.

Domus Ventilation’s Solis Air Brick wins London Construction Awards


Domus Ventilation is thrilled to announce its Solis Air Brick™ has won the Product Innovation of the Year award at the London Construction Awards.

London’s ULEZ to expand city-wide


London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is set to be expanded city-wide as part of the drive to tackle air pollution, the climate emergency and congestion.

Nottingham council set to launch fleet of 700 e-bikes


A fleet of over 700 electric bikes are set to hit the streets of Nottingham next Spring, the city council has confirmed.

Mayor renews pledge to fight toxic air street by street


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that £69m per year will now go to boroughs to help them deliver even more School Streets.

Residents struggling to find information on levels of dangerous air pollution, MPs warn


Local authorities are making it too difficult for residents to find information about dangerous levels of air pollution in their local area, a new report has argued today.

Nottingham council celebrates £34m electric bus investment


Nottingham City Transport’s first electric buses will soon hit the city’s streets thanks to a multi-million-pound investment by the transport operator.

Councils set to double number of EV chargers


Local authorities are set to double the number of electric vehicle charging points they install over the next year, according to new data released today.

Expansion of London’s ULEZ generates over £90m


The expansion of London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone a year ago has generated an estimated £93.6m of additional revenue from drivers of non-compliant vehicles.

Million children exposed to dangerous levels of pollution


More than a million children under the age of 18 live in areas where air pollution exceeds safe levels, new research has revealed.

Bradford's watered-down CAZ goes live


Bradford City Council has admitted it will not meet a legal requirement to tackle air pollution, having ‘pushed back’ against pressure to comply with the law.

Mayor Khan blasts airport expansion plans


The Mayor of London has criticised London City Airport’s plans to expand, arguing that they are not compatible with the drive to net zero.

First Bus places UK’s largest ever electric bus order


First Bus has placed one of the UK’s largest EV bus orders following bids with local authorities to a Government scheme aimed at promoting zero emission buses.

Councils should have encouraged more cycling post-pandemic, AA says


Local authorities should have done more to encourage residents to continue the cycling and walking habits acquired during the lockdown, the AA has said.

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