£5.4m to improve air quality in London

London boroughs are to introduce new measures to tackle air pollution, with £5.4m funding from the Air Quality Fund, the Mayor of London has announced.

The projects will encourage the construction industry to clean up air quality, encourage Londoners to use low emission transport and plant green walls to trap pollution.

The Air Quality Fund will provide £20m over the next ten years to support local efforts in improving air quality. The bids are match-funded by the borough or partnership group.

26 boroughs have also signed up to become Cleaner Air Boroughs, to reduce fleet emissions, raise public awareness of air pollution and integrate air quality work into their new public health responsibilities.

Boris Johnson said: “This is all about helping local people to take forward projects that they know will help tackle the most polluted parts of their neighbourhoods. The more we work together to tackle air quality, the bigger the potential impact, and this funding will be used to make a real improvement.”

Ben Plowden, director of planning, surface transport at TfL said: “We’re pleased to be supporting London boroughs and partners with projects to improve air quality across the capital.

“We received some fantastic submissions and are pleased to see that the boroughs and local communities are enthusiastic and committed to delivering projects to reduce local pollution. These initiatives will help improve Londoners quality of life and support a more prosperous city.”

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