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Ultra Low Emission Zone introduced to improve air quality

Monday 08 April 2019

Transport for London have introduced an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) operating in the Congestion Charge area in central London every day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Every year, around 9,400 deaths in London are attributed to illnesses related to air quality. The latest research available shows that more than 440 schools in the capital are in areas that exceed safe legal pollution levels. That's why Transport for London are acting to help clean up dangerously polluted air and improve public health.

Measures to encourage more walking, cycling, use of public transport and to encourage more efficient freight deliveries have been introduced along with all buses now meeting the highest emission standards in the ULEZ area.

All double-decker buses operating in the Congestion Charging zone will be hybrid electric vehicles and all single-decker buses in the zone will emit nothing from their engine exhausts (they will be full electric or hydrogen models). Transport for London has also been working to create cleaner taxis and cleaner private hire vehicles.

More information on what Transport London is doing to combat air pollution can be found here.

Mark Hayward, Chief Executive of NAEA Propertymark said: “People are spending longer than ever in their homes, and as such they’re becoming more particular about where they buy.

“Air quality is on people’s minds with the ULEZ being introduced, particularly those house buyers who have a young family to raise, and it’s important for them to do so in a good environment. Therefore, air pollution levels will increasingly play an important part in their decision-making process.”