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  • Writer's pictureShaun Bailey AM

Breathing Space: Cleaning Up London's Air

I published Clearing the Air in 2017, a report that examined the rationale for the

early implementation of the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone [ULEZ] and

the proposal to extend the ULEZ and argued against them with alternative

recommendations that included increasing zero emission buses, better provision

of low emission boilers and more rapid charging points.

This paper provides an update on Sadiq Khan’s air quality agenda over the last

five years. It will focus on his decision to extend the ULEZ out to the North and

South Circulars, his failure to deliver on his promise to plant 2 million trees, the

fact he has only brought into service just over 400 zero emission buses, the

numbers of electric charging points in London and the air quality audit

programme not being reviewed prior to more rounds of the scheme being



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