Cardiff Council has unveiled a plan worth £32 million that will reduce air pollution and congestion in the city.
The plan outlines a number of initiatives in the two-year programme that is necessary if the Welsh government is to cut pollution to a legal limit by 2021.
Cardiff Council are legally bound by the commitment and a number of plans are in place to cut emissions on public transport options; improve the quality of road networks and cycling options; and drastically change the toxic air pollution.
The Cabinet at the council will be presented with an outline business case on 21 March and once approved, authority will apply to the Welsh government to for the funds to implement the various initiatives.
Amongst these, £1.8 million will be required to implement electric buses, replacing those that are old and most polluting.
Elsewhere, there will be a review and implementation of a revised tax policy to ensure that applications to grant a new vehicle license or change of vehicle on a current license are approved only for vehicles that meet the latest Euro 6 emission standards.
A Bus Retrofitting Scheme for bus operators will be introduced in Cardiff to upgrade older buses, ensuring they meet Euro 6 engine emission standards.
Caro Wild, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport for Cardiff Council, said: “Although only one road in Cardiff – Castle Street- is modelled to breach legal limits by 2021, this doesn’t mean to say we don’t have a problem in the city, we do.
“Welsh government have made clear that there is no known safe level of exposure to NO2 or particulate matter air pollution, or for short term exposure to it.
“We have now come up with a range of measures, which will not only fix the problem on Castle Street, but which will also help make the air we breathe across the city cleaner.
“The council will be calling on Welsh government for the necessary funding to bring these measures into place as soon as possible.”
With the Road to Zero strategy a key central government aim, as well as the need to ensure cleaner air, Cardiff Council’s proposed measures will help to tackle polluting fleet vehicles and toxic air.