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Local Transport Today
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Pressure to cut particulate matter (PM) in urban areas grew this week as an international team of researchers claimed to have found a link between... continue
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All new taxis in London will have to be zero emission capable from 2018, London mayor Boris Johnson has announced.  The mayor said he wanted the... continue
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Andrew Forster
Councillors in Brighton have approved a bus-based Low Emission Zone in the city centre.  From 1 January 2015 buses entering the LEZ should be of... continue
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Reducing almost every 30mph speed limit in Britain to 20mph should be the top priority for local authorities if they want to improve their... continue
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Letters to the editor
Paul Biggs, Alliance of British Drivers, Tamworth B77
I’d like to respond briefly to several items in the 10 January issue, starting with John Dales who urgently needs to inject some objectivity... continue
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The Airports Commission has overlooked EU air quality limit values in its decision to include two options to expand Heathrow in its shortlist,... continue
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The shortlisted option is for a new 3,000 metre runway to the south of the existing runway.  This option has the lowest cost – estimated... continue
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The Commission has shortlisted two options at Heathrow: a) one new 3.5km runway to the northwest (as proposed by the airport owners) b) extending the... continue
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An Independent Noise Authority could help defuse the controversy about the noise impacts of airport expansion, the Airports Commission believes. It... continue
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The European Commission is pinning its hopes on a major reduction of emissions from new diesel cars as a way of ensuring member states achieve limit... continue
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Andrew Forster
The European Commission has refused to relax its air quality legislation despite many parts of the Europe facing infringement proceedings for failing... continue
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Andrew Forster
A PLAN to introduce mandatory 60mph speed limits on a 31-mile section of the M1 because of air quality concerns could be the first of a number of... continue
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Local Transport Today
Interesting comments about the transport profession’s level of engagement with air quality concerns are reported in the Department for... continue
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Andrew Forster
The delivery of new road schemes in England could be thwarted by air quality legislation, according to the DfT’s draft  national policy... continue
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The Highways Agency has put plans on ice to convert hard shoulders on part of Manchester’s M60 orbital motorway into traffic lanes because the... continue
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Letters to the editor
David Hutchinson, Lewes, East Sussex BN7
Duncan Laxen and Stephen Moorcroft refer to our failure to achieve reductions in nitrogen dioxide concentrations and relate this to the growth in the... continue
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In brief
The London Borough of Redbridge is planning to install ‘green walls’ of vegetation outside two primary schools to absorb nitrogen oxides... continue
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Letters to the editor
Messrs Laxen and Moorcroft ably chronicle the failure to effectively tackle the problem of outdoor air pollution (‘Air quality action plans... continue
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Viewpoint
Chas Ball, Carplus Trust
It was refreshing to hear the enthusiasm of Baroness Susan Kramer, the new transport minister whose remit covers car clubs, at the London launch of... continue
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Viewpoint
Duncan Laxen & Stephen Moorcroft, Air Quality Consultants Ltd
The recognition of transport as a major source of air pollution grew steadily during the 1970s and 80s but the real changes started around 20 years... continue
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