Cambridge City Council has set out an ambitious new Air Quality Action Plan to improve areas of poor air quality and maintain areas of good air quality.
Working closely with Cambridgeshire County Council and the Greater Cambridge Partnership, the proposed plan will include reducing local traffic emissions to meet national objectives, by increasing the number of electric and petrol hybrid taxis, reducing bus and coach emissions and reducing HGV emissions in the city centre.
Moreover, the council will use planning policies to ensure new communities are designed to make it easy for people to use sustainable modes of transport, at the same time as educating people about the health impacts of air quality and encouraging them to make changes to their lifestyles.
Rosy Moore, executive councillor for Environment and City Centre, said: “Exposure to air pollution can cause serious health problems, especially for some of our most vulnerable people. While levels of air quality in Cambridge have slowly improved overall in recent years according to official data, we need to do all we can to ensure this situation does not deteriorate as our population grows in the coming years, and demands for transport increase. This Air Quality Action Plan will give us the framework we need to do all we can to reduce harmful emissions, and ensure Cambridge continues to be a great place to live, work and study in.”