Brixton Road managed to exceed the nitrogen dioxide (NO2) hourly limit value more times than any other site in London last year, and it is now expected to exceed the EU annual for ALL of 2015 in the next day or two.
The EU limit is 18 hours a year in which nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels are above 200 micrograms per cubic metre (ug/m3).
Brixton registered more breaches of this limit last year than any other site, with a staggering 1,732 breaches during 2014 – even worse than Oxford Street.
According to the King’s College London’s (KCL) air quality monitoring statistics, Brixton is now on course to break the 2015 limit very soon.
Of course, Brixton Road is no stranger to dreadful air quality – as we reported previously, it was registering the highest levels of NO2 in London as far back as 2010.
The pollution presents a real risk to the public: according to a report in the Independent, government advisers are set to issue a warning that air pollution may be to blame for 60,000 early deaths per year.
[Detail from London Air 2014 report for Brixton Road]
Founder and director of campaign group Clean Air in London, Simon Birkett, said: “Clean Air in London estimates that Oxford Street breached the nitrogen dioxide hourly limit value for the whole of 2015 on 2 January. Putney High Street is expected to breach on 5 January. Brixton Road will breach soon.”
“Concerns about air pollution, particularly NO2 and diesel exhaust, have risen exponentially. Leading scientists say that many roads in central London will tend to have the highest NO2 concentrations in the world.”
“London needs to ban diesel from the most polluted places by 2020, as coal was banned so successfully 60 years ago, with a meaningful intermediate step by early 2018. The mayor seems to have a love affair with diesel that must end,” he added.
The news comes as the Mayor’s three month consultation over plans for an ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) in central London from 2020 draw to a close – proposals that Birkett has criticised for being, “too small, too weak and too late”.
City Hall has rebuffed these claims, insisting that the Mayor, “is leading the most ambitious and comprehensive package of measures in the world to improve London’s air quality, an urgent challenge which affects the health and well-being of all Londoners”.