Oxford Street’s toxic air
The New West End Company represents traders in Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street who are on the front line when it comes to dealing with toxic air.
It says traffic must be halved by 2020 as a means to produce “radical” reductions in dirty air, especially particulates.
Oxford Street has one of the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution in the world, with concentrations recorded at above 200 micrograms per cubic metre already this year, way above the legal limit.
One potential solution is the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street but this raises huge challenges in terms of dealing with traffic displaced to other routes.
But business in the West End has come up with innovative solutions to the problem, including pooling delivery and waste vehicles in the area to reduce traffic. Pending the speeding up of the Londonwide Ultra Low Emissions Zone this is the way to go.