Brixton Road last year, once again, had the highest levels in London of the deadly pollutant NO2 – nitrogen dioxide – according to the Clean Cities Campaign.
The campaign’s analysis of the most recent data found 15 of 73 pollution monitors in the city had recorded levels above legal limits. None of the levels recorded by the monitors met World Health Organization guidelines.
The highest levels of NO2 were recorded in Brixton Road and Putney High Street, Wandsworth, followed by Cromwell Road, Kingston Upon Thames.
Illegal levels of NO2 were also found in Ealing, Camden, the City of London, Brent, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Sutton, Waltham Forest, and the City of Westminster.
Oliver Lord, UK head of the Clean Cities Campaign said: “If this isn’t a wake-up call then I don’t know what is. These limits were meant to be met 12 years ago, and when that eventually happens, they are still four times World Health Organization guidelines.
“We need greater certainty that London is on track to phasing out toxic diesel fumes.”
Lord said London’s ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) which includes central Brixton, must be expanded without delay and the mayor of London’s plans for a central London zero emission zone need to be expedited. “There is no time to waste,” he said.
The UK has a legal annual limit value for NO2 of 40?g/m3. World Health Organization guidelines on levels of NO2 were recently revised to 10?g/m3, taking into account the latest health evidence.