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Week-long air quality traffic monitoring exercise to take place next week

22/02/2019

A huge traffic monitoring exercise takes place next week as part of the development of Liverpool’s city-wide air quality plan.

Starting on Monday 25 February for a week, 40 cameras will count the amount of traffic, the type of vehicles and engine types on major routes into the city using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology.

The routes they will be placed on include: Derby Road, County Road, Walton Hall Avenue, Utting Avenue, Townsend Avenue, Muirhead Avenue, Prescot Road, Allerton Road, Aigburth Road, Vauxhall Road, Scotland Road, Menlove Avenue, Speke Road, West Derby Road, Dale Street, the Strand, Lime Street and the Queensway Tunnel entrance.

It forms part of a £1.1 million programme funded by the Government which also includes installing air quality monitoring stations and updating modelling data for transport in the city region.

Although the city is only obliged legally to ensure it meets UK and European Nitrogen Dioxide pollution levels by 2020, it wants to go further and reduce them as much as practically and quickly as possible.

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In 2017, Mayor Joe Anderson laid out a vision to prioritise walking, cycling, electric vehicles and clean fuels to reduce the impact of air pollution.

The council is in the process of changing to a diesel-free fleet including purchasing new waste collection vehicles, has started installing 100 electric vehicle charging points and banned taxis from retro-fitting higher polluting engines.

There are plans for a new bus hub which will remove 750,000 miles traveled in the city centre and 2,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Last year the council launched ‘Let’s Clear the Air Liverpool’, a campaign to raise awareness of the damaging effect of air pollution on health and to advise on actions that we can all take to reduce our personal exposure to air pollution, reduce our personal contribution to it and actions to improve the quality of the air in the city.

The latest science suggests that in a city the size of Liverpool, exposure to poor quality air contributes to around 230 deaths each year.

More information about Let’s Clear the Air Liverpool can be found at www.letscleartheairliverpool.co.uk

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