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Source: Mayor of London

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London said: “The Coroner has today concluded that air pollution played a role in the tragic death of nine-year-old Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah in 2013. This is a landmark moment and is thanks to the years of tireless campaigning by Ella’s mother Rosamund, who has shown an extraordinary amount of courage. I’m delighted that I have been able to support the family in their efforts to get the original inquest overturned and securing today’s important finding. Today must be a turning point so that other families do not have to suffer the same heartbreak as Ella’s family.

“Toxic air pollution is a public health crisis, especially for our children, and the inquest underlined yet again the importance of pushing ahead with bold policies such as expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone to inner London. Ministers and the previous Mayor have acted too slowly in the past, but they must now learn the lessons from the Coroner’s ruling and do much more to tackle the deadly scourge of air pollution in London and across the country.”

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  • Sadiq has made tackling the scourge of air pollution a priority. He has put in place some of the most ambitious policies in the world to tackle air pollution, and is pushing ahead with bold policies like expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone in October 2021.
  • A study by King’s College London looking at the overall rate of improvement in NO2 levels across London before 2016 found that if the trend of inaction seen between 2010 and 2016 continued it would take 193 years to reach legal compliance. However, further modelling undertaken for City Hall by King’s College London suggests the Mayor’s far-reaching policies would reduce this to just five years, meaning London’s air would be within legal pollution limits for NO2 by 2025.
  • List of air quality measures implemented since 2016:
    • Introduced the Central London ULEZ which has reduced roadside nitrogen dioxide pollution by more than a third. The Mayor is also expanding the ULEZ zone up to the North and South Circular Roads in October 2021.
    • The number of state schools estimated to be located in areas exceeding legal pollution limits has reduced from 455 in 2016 to 14 today, a reduction of 97 per cent.
    • Delivered 12 Low Emission Bus Zones ahead of schedule, cutting bus-related NOx emissions by an average of 90 per cent in the zones
    • Transformed London’s taxi fleet by no longer licensing new diesel taxis and reducing the age limit for older, more polluting cabs with more than 3,700 zero emission capable taxis now on the street
    • Launched air quality audits in 50 schools across 23 London boroughs and in 20 nurseries. The audits assessed the air quality in some of the capital’s worst polluted schools and nurseries and have made a series of recommendations to protect pupils. As well as created a toolkit for use by other schools in London and rest of country, helping to fund some of them with other boroughs now implementing their own audits.
    • Almost tripled the amount of protected space for cycling. Through the Mayor’s Streetspace programme we’re now repurposing thousands of square meters of London’s roads to make it easier, and safer, for Londoners to walk and cycle. This includes 430 new School Streets – improving air quality and enabling better social distancing for children and parents on the school run.
    • Overseen a marked increase in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, with TfL having delivered nearly 300 rapid charge points. In total London now has 5,000 charge points – 25 per cent of the UK’s total.

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