The Ranty Highwayman)
The Government released it’s plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations last week and rather than critically appraising its content, the media predictable leapt on one tiny aspect and made it the whole story.
The fact that the plan is trying to dump the problem on the very local authorities who have had their funding decimated since 2010 while having more responsibilities increased? A bit closer, but still no.
What the media concentrated on was two words in the entire 103 page document. On page 34 to be precise – “road humps”;
Improving road layouts and junctions to optimise traffic flow, for example by considering removal of road humps
The comment is within a section on “Clean Air Zones” which are things which a local authority can put in place (or be made to put in place). It’s a specific action which can be taken (in terms of establishing a clean air zone) and is designed to make the quickest impact on NO2 levels. the zones can either use a charging regime (similar to that of the London Low Emission Zone from what I can see) or a non-charging regime; and this is where road humps come in (or not as the case may be).
The full text of examples of measures for a non-charging zone is as follows;
107. The Framework provides a range of non-charging measures which local authorities can use, for example:
a. Exploring innovative retrofitting technologies and new fuels;
b. Buying ULEVs and encouraging local transport operators to do the same;
c. Encouraging private uptake of ULEVs via ensuring adequate chargepoints;
d. Encouraging use of public transport, cycling, walking, park and ride schemes, car clubs and car sharing;
e. Improving road layouts and junctions to optimise traffic flow, for example by considering removal of road humps; and
f. Working with local businesses and neighbouring authorities to ensure a
The framework referred to is the one used to set up a Clean Air Zone which is a specific thing for a specific place with high levels of NO2. Let’s be honest, this list of actions is so wishy-washy as to be meaningless.