Air pollution higher in boroughs outside London ULEZ: In areas outside Central London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ), levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) air pollution from diesel vehicles are 23% higher.

New research by Environmental Defense Fund Europe (EDF Europe) has found, which suggests neighbourhoods that will be excluded from the expanded ULEZ are where diesel cars contribute the most to NOx pollution to the area.

The report notes Southall in Ealing, Cromwell Road in Kingston, Romford Road in Newham are the three most diesel-polluted areas of the 231 locations across the capital for which data was studied.

Car ownership in boroughs outside Central London has increased in the last few years and has reached its highest level in a decade researchers also found – more than 750,000 diesel cars are still registered in the capital, 50% more than in 2010.

Head of Policy and Campaigns at EDF Europe, Oliver Lord said: “Increasing car ownership and a lack of policy in Outer London could leave us in danger of dividing communities and some of the most deprived neighbourhoods are at risk of being left behind in the fight for clean air.”

Royal College of Physicians Special Advisor on air quality and UKRI Clean Air Champion, University of Southampton Professor Stephen Holgate commented: “It is now time that the diesel scandal translates into real change to improve the air we all breathe. This data provides further evidence that we need incentives to remove diesel vehicles from our roads.”

Ending the sales of new petrol, diesel cars and vans by 2035 has recently been consulted on by the government.

In 2021, the ULEZ will be expanded up to, but not including, the North and South Circular Roads.

Air pollution higher in boroughs outside London ULEZ

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