Air Pollution: Pollution Control

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 24th June 2020.

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Photo of Stuart Anderson Stuart Anderson Conservative, Wolverhampton South West

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to ensure that air quality levels in (a) Wolverhampton South West and (b) the rest of England remain lower than they were prior to the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Air pollution poses one of the biggest environmental threats to public health. Our ambitious plans to decarbonise transport, improve air quality and support more active forms of travel have not changed, including the £3.8 billion we are already investing to clean up our air. Our recent rapid call for evidence will ensure we can fully understand the impact that coronavirus is having on changes in air pollution emissions, concentrations and exposure. Wolverhampton is part of the 2017 UK plan to tackle roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations; for Wolverhampton this includes the retrofitting of existing bus fleet and implementation of traffic management measures.

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