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Council backs Mayor’s plan to extend Ultra-Low Emission Zone into Waltham Forest

Plans announced this week by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to extend the new Ultra-Low Emission Zone beyond central London from 2020 have been warmly welcomed by Waltham Forest Council.



On the 60th anniversary of the Clean Air Act the Mayor of London announced a number of new proposals to improve air quality and crack down on the most polluting vehicles in the capital. These proposals include bringing forward the introduction of the new London Ultra-Low


Emission Zone so that it starts in 2019, and extending it from 2020 to cover motorcycles, cars and vans to the North and South Circular, and lorries, buses and coaches London-wide.



Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: “It is very encouraging to see the new Mayor of London showing a firm commitment to tackling air pollution. Air quality is a huge concern in Waltham Forest due to the proven serious risk to public health and of course environmental threat it poses. The Council has been calling for urgent action on this for a long time, and are doing all we can to encourage residents to take up more sustainable modes of transport.



“The planned extension of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone into parts of Waltham Forest is a good start, but we need to continue looking at ways to reduce pollution across the whole borough and we shall shortly be announcing further details on our plans.”



The Mayor of London’s proposals also include implementing a £10 emissions surcharge on the most polluting vehicles in central London, and the introduction of clean bus corridors. A public consultation has been launched on the plans which is open until 29 July. For more information visit www.london.gov.uk/cleanair.


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