Sadiq Khan has revealed data highlighting the most polluted streets in the capital, as part of the Breathe London air quality monitoring network.
The world’s largest air quality monitoring network has been able to shine a light on the crisis in the capital, showing the potential air quality hotspots so that solutions can be put in place much quicker.
Through Breathe London, more than 100 fixed sensors were placed in various locations across the capital; what they found were levels of pollution that are likely to exceed legal limits, in central London and also the outer boroughs.
This reveals the fact that polluted streets exist not only for those living and working in central London.
In the eight months since the launch of Breathe London, high levels of pollution were detected by 40% of the sensors.
London is working tirelessly towards reducing the risk of harmful emissions; in April, the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) was introduced in central London – the world’s most stringent emission standard.
Already, there has been progress as a result, with the vehicles entering the Zone now achieving lower emissions.
However, the Breathe London sensors have revealed many polluted streets, highlighting just how much work still needs to be done.
And the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said the results will refocus efforts on improving air quality.
“London’s filthy air is a public health crisis that leads to thousands of premature deaths in the capital every year as well as stunting the development of young lungs and increasing the cases of respiratory illness.
“It is vital that we face up to the reality of our situation and don’t shy away from the challenges presented by this new data.
“These findings, from our world-leading Breathe London sensor network, are a stark reminder that pollution hotspots exist across London and will refocus our efforts on improving air quality for all.
“But we can’t win this battle alone. The government must take the air we breathe seriously and offer the support London needs to tackle this public health crisis.”