Measures to reduce air pollution must go further to protect all Londoners with asthma and other lung conditions, not just those living in certain areas

Thursday 27th January 2022

New analysis released today by the Mayor of London shows that toxic air is reducing far more slowly in outer London than in central London, where the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) was recently expanded.

In response, Tim Dexter, Campaigns Manager for Air Quality at Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, says. “Air pollution is a health emergency which creates new lung conditions, worsens existing ones and costs the capital £3.7 billion each year.

“This latest analysis shows why new measures are urgently needed to tackle air pollution and protect people living in outer parts of London, who aren’t covered by the expanded Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), particularly those with serious lung conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These people are at the greatest risk of breathing difficulties and having asthma attacks or COPD flare-ups as a result of breathing dirty air.

“We’ve long called for measures that reduce air pollution and protect the lungs of all Londoners, not just those in certain areas, including expanding the ULEZ to cover all London boroughs and greater investment in public transport, walking and cycling.”

Read the Mayor of London’s announcement in full: Toxic air reducing far more slowly in outer London than central London | London City Hall