London will benefit from a £6 million funding from the Mayor of London that will tackle toxic air.
Money from Sadiq Khan’s Air Quality Fund will be used on 15 new projects across the capital that aim to improve air quality and meet the climate emergency head-on.
As part of the projects that will tackle toxic air, initiatives include cutting pollution from river craft and construction machinery, while also establishing car-free and pedestrianisation schemes.
Thanks to the investment, four new Low Emission Neighbourhoods (LENs) will be established, located in Hackney, Dagenham, Southwark and Camden; these LENs will receive funding that will see electric vehicle charge points installed, cycle lanes expanded, and traffic reduction schemes investigated. All funding will be matched with almost £3 million from the relevant boroughs.
A further 11 projects will be delivered to tackle toxic air and improve air quality.
This is the final funding round of the Air Quality Fund – worth a total of £22 million – which has delivered hard-hitting air quality projects.
On announcing the latest round of funding, Sadiq Khan said: “Our filthy air is a health crisis that increases the risk of dementia and asthma and damages the lung development of our children.
“I’m delighted that our Air Quality Fund is helping boroughs to clean up some of our most polluted streets, making them safer for pedestrians and cyclists, providing electric vehicle charging points and supporting businesses and residents in adopting cleaner modes of transport.
“The introduction of the ULEZ in April was a major and necessary step in addressing our filthy air and protecting the health of all Londoners.
“Now this local funding is helping boroughs continue to do their part to improve air quality.”
In terms of the four LENs, Hackney will see support for cycling, walking and electric vehicles, as well as considering a range of options for reducing polluting vehicles.
Elsewhere, the other 11 projects include a Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) that will restrict access to polluting vehicles in the densely populated eastern corner of the City of London.
A Hammersmith Zero Emissions Network will support businesses to switch to zero or low emission vehicles, while enhanced street cleaning will help to cut particulate pollution.