Bid to tackle air pollution in the Selbourne Road area

The volume of buses using Selbourne Road contributes to high levels of air pollution in the area.

The volume of buses using Selbourne Road contributes to high levels of air pollution in the area.

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Residents living in one of the most polluted areas of Waltham Forest are being asked for their views on improving air quality.

Selbourne Road in Walthamstow has been identified by the council as a key area as they plan to reduce the effects of toxic emissions in the borough.

The road's bus station is one of the busiest in London, creating high-levels of air pollution, which is estimated to cause 4,000 deaths in the capital every year.

Scientists have also established links between pollution and some cancers, as well as diabetes.

At present, a consultation process is taking place with people being asked to contribute to the Selborne Road Air Quality Improvement Scheme, which will be implemented later this year.

Proposals to combat polluted air include installing a living green wall, constructing a green buffer between Selborne Road and the footway, and the relocation of bus stops nearer to the main entrance of The Mall.

Suggested additional improvements also include the removal of the centre hatching to reduce vehicle speeds and the upgrading of the traffic signals at the Willow Walk junction.

The council has secured funding from Transport for London and The Mayor’s Air Quality Fund to improve conditions in the area.

The Council received £30million of funding from the Mayor of London for the ‘Mini-Holland’ scheme earlier this year for improvements that will make the borough a better place to cycle.

The closing date for responses to the consultation is September 5.

For more information visit www.walthamforest.gov.uk, or phone 020 8496 3000.

Work will begin later this year.

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4:08pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

In years to come, people will wonder how we put up with traffic chucking out poison in snarled up jams ruining our lungs, as they will smoking in public. Such an inefficient fuel, affecting the health of millions. Petrol and diesel cars , buses and lorries have no place in towns. The cost to health is a time bomb.
In years to come, people will wonder how we put up with traffic chucking out poison in snarled up jams ruining our lungs, as they will smoking in public. Such an inefficient fuel, affecting the health of millions. Petrol and diesel cars , buses and lorries have no place in towns. The cost to health is a time bomb. Villagecranberry
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4:37pm Wed 27 Aug 14

faro0485 says...

Consultation was a way of big business and industry controlling the walk outs in the factories. As long as the workers felt like they were part of the process, they didn't strike too much. But as you can tell here, the decisions were already made.
Consultation was a way of big business and industry controlling the walk outs in the factories. As long as the workers felt like they were part of the process, they didn't strike too much. But as you can tell here, the decisions were already made. faro0485
  • Score: -3
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