Over a quarter of a million Londoners living with asthma and COPD can today look forward to breathing cleaner air

Leading respiratory charity, Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, welcomes today's expansion of the London ULEZ zone, up to but not including the north and south circular roads. Sarah Woolnough, Chief Executive of Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, says: “Over a quarter of a million Londoners living with asthma and COPD can today look forward to breathing cleaner, healthier air that will reduce their chances of life-threatening asthma attacks and exacerbations, thanks to the ULEZ expansion.

Looking across the country, we can see the positive impact that Clean Air Zones are having on communities, making them healthier places for future generations to grow and thrive, by cutting levels of major pollutants that can cause and worsen lung conditions.

Whilst this is a huge step in the right direction, we mustn’t be complacent against this invisible threat. The fact of the matter remains that the majority of people living in London, are still living in areas where pollution levels are dangerously high. We therefore look forward to working with the Mayor to ensure ULEZ and other pollution reduction schemes go further and are delivered faster in order to improve the quality of air across the entire capital.”