Details of the first â€˜low emission streetâ€™ in the City of London have been published today (1 November), as part of a pilot project delivered by the City of London Corporation.
Starting from April 2019, the 12-month pilot will close a south section of Moor Lane, close to Moorgate London Underground Station, to all vehicles which are not Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) compliant, in a bid to improve air quality in the immediate area.
The project is the second such scheme in the capital, with Hackney and Islington running the â€˜City Fringe Ultra Low Emissions Streetsâ€™ in Shoreditch, which began in September (see airqualitynews.com story). ULEVs are classified as vehicles that emit less than 75g/km of CO2.
City of London has launched a consultation on its proposals today, which will determine the scope of the trial programme.
Two options for a ULEV pilot in the southern end of Moor Lane have been developed for consultation. Option 1 would introduce the measures 24 hrs a day and seven days a week. Option 2 would apply Monday to Friday from 7am-11pm.
Proposals for further â€˜Zero Emission Zonesâ€™ are under consideration as part of the City Corporationâ€™s Transport Strategy, which is due to be finalised early next year (see airqualitynews.com story).
Jeremy Simons, Chairman of the City of London Corporationâ€™s Environment Committee, said: â€œThis trial is an important step towards cleaner air. We are determined to see a major improvement in the Cityâ€™s air quality.
â€œIt will deliver the results we need when considering radical targeted action to drastically reduce air pollution on our streets.
â€œNobody should have to breathe in dirty air, and we will continue to take bold and ambitious steps to ensure that the health of Londoners is protected.â€
The pilot is part of the City Corporationâ€™s Low Emission Neighbourhood project, which is jointly funded by the London borough the Mayor of London.
For the first four weeks of the trial, those who drive through the ULEV-only zone with a non-compliant vehicle will be issued with a warning letter.
Following this Penalty Charge Notices will come into full effect. Any funds generated through the scheme will be held in reserve and as required by legislation directed towards highway or road maintenance improvements.
Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for the Environment and Energy said: â€œWe are funding innovative projects like this because they are vital to encourage more Londoners to switch to ultra-low and zero-emission vehicles and help tackle the capitalâ€™s toxic air.
â€œâ€ŽLocal projects such as Low Emission Neighbourhoods are a crucial addition to the Mayorâ€™s London-wide plans to tackle pollution, these include introducing the Ultra Low Emission Zone and upgrading Londonâ€™s buses into one of the greenest fleets in the world.â€
Speaking to airqualitynews.com, Ruth Calderwood the City Corporationâ€™s air quality manager, said that engagement with businesses in the Square Mile has revealed that many are keen to see strong measures brought forward to address air pollution.
She said: â€œWhen we have conversations with city businesses and residents there is a consistent message that people want better air quality.â€
She added that the City Corporation will be seeking to raise awareness of the measures, and the types of vehicles that will be compliant within the zone, ahead of the launch of the pilot schemeâ€™s launch in April.
To improve awareness of the requirements the City Corporation will provide clear street signage one month before the trial begins, while an information campaign will take place including social media, leafleting and direct discussions with City firms.
Consultation – Moor Lane Ultra Low Emission Street