Asthma UK responds to Sadiq Khan's introduction of new air quality alerts in London

12 August 2016

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced he is introducing air quality alerts at bus stops, Tube stations and road-sides across the capital from Monday 15 August to notify Londoners during the worst incidents of air pollution.

Andrew Proctor, Director of Advice and Support at Asthma UK, said: “We really welcome the Mayor’s proposals to introduce these air pollution alerts at transport hubs in London. Someone with asthma might start their daily commute feeling fine, but by the time they arrive at their workplace the air pollution can have them coughing, wheezing and struggling to breathe - or worse, have an asthma attack on a crowded bus or tube train. 

“People with asthma may not realise that air pollution is high, and these public warnings will help alert people to the dangers. They will also give people with asthma the chance to avoid the worst of the air pollution in the capital, by keeping away from busy main roads for example, or deciding to work from home. And the alerts are an extra reminder for people with asthma to carry their reliever inhaler with them in case they start to feel unwell.

“Two thirds of people with asthma tell us that poor air quality makes their asthma worse, which puts them at a higher risk of an asthma attack. This practical way of getting information across could prevent a bad day for people with asthma and be a lifesaver for the 600,000 people living with asthma in London.” 

For further information visit: www.asthma.org.uk/pollution or call the Asthma UK Helpline on 0300 222 5800 to speak to an expert asthma nurse.