airTEXT Review

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 28th June 2022.

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Photo of Hina Bokhari Hina Bokhari Liberal Democrat

With reference to your commitment to institute a review to enhance the reach of the airTEXT system in question 2022/1428, please provide a timeline for when you expect this work to be completed.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

We are undertaking a review of the messaging and reach of the Mayor’s Air Quality Alerts System, not the airTEXT service which is delivered externally by CERC (Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants) on behalf of boroughs. The aim of the Mayor’s Alerts System is to provide advance warning of pollution episodes across a variety of channels, and it is being reviewed to make it even more effective.

We expect the review of the Mayor’s Air Quality Alerts System to be complete and any changes made by the end of this year. We are working with NHS and Public Health colleagues to refine and test messaging and increase the reach of alerts into targeted Healthcare settings such as GPs and cardio-respiratory specialist centres.