Where are the Clean Air Zones?

Over 60 local authorities are currently considering new clean air measures including the potential introduction of Clean Air Zones (CAZs). As a result almost every corner of the UK will be implementing some form of air improvement strategy within the next few years.

(to view a key, please press the  icon to the top left hand side of the map)

Ashfield

Although Ashfield District Council had previously been instructed to submit a local plan to tackle air pollution, the government has now confirmed the council is one of 18 local authorities that have been found to either already be operating within legal limits or to not have any additional measures available to bring compliance sooner. The Council will, however; be expected to maintain its air quality improvement work.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Basildon

Basildon Council met on 14 May to agree plans that include bringing in a speed limit of 50mph on a toxic section of the A127, increasing EV charging points, fining motorists for idling in the town, offering businesses within the zone advice and support on upgrading their cleaner vehicles and improving cycling routes in the area. A public consultation will be launched later this year before submitting an Outline Business Case to DEFRA.

A consultation, seeking peoples’ views on the non-charging Clean Air Zone, will take place later this year.

Further information can be accessed here

Basingstoke and Deane

In 2018, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council submitted a targeted feasibility study into nitrogen dioxide compliance, which identified a section of the A339 as exceeding the annual mean NO2 Air Quality Directive Limit value. The Council’s modelling projected that the section would be compliant in 2021 but concluded that reducing the speed limit from 70 to 50 mph could bring forward compliance to 2019. They are conducting further scoping work to identify if this is a feasible measure.

Further information can be accessed here

Bath and North East Somerset

Central Government has approved Bath and North East Somerset’s plan to implement a Class C CAZ starting in 2020.  The scheme has now been approved by the council's cabinet, with a switch-on date set for 4 November.

The scheme has now been approved by the council's cabinet, with a switch-on date set for 4 November.

The impacted area roughly follows the A36, to the south and east of the river Avon, and along a jagged line from Cleveland Place to Sion Hill.  The area incorporates the Botanical Gardens to the west of the city and may be extended to the Pulteney Estate in the East. 

The minimum standards  are: Euro 6 diesel vehicles and Euro 4, 5 or 6 petrol vehicles. Non-compliant buses, coaches and HGVs will be charged £100/day, and LGVs, vans, private hire vehicles and taxis will be charged £9/day.

Other information: 

  • Local Bath scrappage scheme of £2,000.
  • The council is requesting government funds to enable residents and workers with old cars, which don't even meet Euro 4 emissions standards - which have been mandatory for new cars since 2006 - can upgrade, contributing to an improvement in air quality. Councillors will debate the measures early in March.

More information can be found on the Bath Breathes website at https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/bath-breathes-2021-overview/overview-scheme

Birmingham

The government approved Birmingham City Council’s plan to implement a Category D Clean Air Zone (CAZ) affecting the area within the A4540 Middleway Ring Road.

Due to Covid-19 the council has written to the government requesting a delay to the CAZ until at least the end of the year. The CAZ was due to come into effect in Summer 2020 having been delayed twice due to concerns over the accuracy of the government’s Clean Air Zone vehicle checker.

Once implemented, cars, taxis, private hire vehicles and LGVs will be charged £8 a day to travel in the CAZ, while HGVs, coaches and buses will be charged £50 a day. Minimum Emission Standards charging zone:

  • Euro 6 diesel
  • Euro 4 Petrol or vehicle with LPG added to original petrol engine
  • Euro 6 Gas vehicle
  • Fully electric or hydrogen fuel cell
  • Hybrid electric with an engine that meets petrol or diesel standards

As part of its Transport Plan, Birmingham City Council is also considering a ban on motorists being allowed to drive through the city to get from one side to the other.  The aim is to reduce air pollution levels in the heavily populated centre by diverting vehicles via the ring road .

More information can be found on the Birmingham City Council website.

 

 

Blaby

Although Blaby District Council had previously been instructed to submit a local plan to tackle air pollution, the government has now confirmed the council is one of 18 local authorities that have been found to either already be operating within legal limits or to not have any additional measures available to bring compliance sooner. The Council will, however; be expected to maintain its air quality improvement work.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Bolsover

The government has instructed nine local authorities, including Bolsover District Council, that non-compliance of air quality limits was more persistent than originally thought. The outcome of this is that a further Ministerial Direction was issued on 4th October 2018 requiring the Council to develop a plan to bring about compliance in the shortest possible time.

Funding for this work has been provided from central Government.

The Council was mandated to provide an initial plan by 31 January 2019 and to “identify a preferred option for delivering compliance in the shortest possible time and setting out value for money considerations and implementation arrangements” by 31 October 2019. More information about the plans is available on the Bolsover District Council website. 

Bolton

As part of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan to ‘tackle nitrogen dioxide exceedances’ Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Manchester and Salford have announced proposals for a joint charging clean air zone covering the whole of Greater Manchester.

The class C Clean Air Zone would only target HGVs, LGVs, buses taxis and private hire vehicles. Buses and lorries will be charged £100 a day while taxis and private hires will be charged a proposed £7.50 a day.

Minimum Emission Standards for the proposed class C charging zone:
Bus/HGVs – Diesel Euro 6
Van and minibus – Diesel Euro 6
Taxis and private hire vehicles – Diesel Euro 6, Petrol Euro 4

The proposals will be consulted on before a final plan is agreed.

www.cleanairgm.com/contact-us 

Bournemouth

Although Bournemouth Borough Council had previously been instructed to submit a local plan to tackle air pollution, the government has now confirmed the council is one of 18 local authorities that have been found to either already be operating within legal limits or to not have any additional measures available to bring compliance sooner. The Council will, however, be expected to maintain its air quality improvement work.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Bristol

Bristol City Council has proposed a combination of a diesel car ban and Category B Clean Air Zone (CAZ).

  • A central zone, where privately owned diesel cars will be banned between 07:00 and 15:00, seven days a week and regardless of their emissions output.  The affected area includes part of the M32, the old city, Redcliffe, Spike Island, the Harbourside and part of Hotwells.  Vehicles, with the exception of taxis and emergency services, will incur fines if they stray into the area.
  • A wider CAZ would be in operation around the perimeter of the diesel ban area, 24 hours a day seven days per week, affecting all vehicles except private cars.

The initial plans have been submitted to the Government and if approved would come into force in March 2021.  Further details can be found on the Clean Air for Bristol website. 

Bradford

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council has carried out studies into tackling the more persistent air quality problems that have been identified. 

The Council is currently consulting on their Class C CAZ proposal (see link below).  The consultation closes on  26 March.  

https://bradford.moderngov.co.uk/mgConsultationDisplay.aspx?ID=231

 

Broxbourne

Broxbourne’s targeted feasibility study determined that nitrogen dioxide exceedance levels were more persistent than originally thought. Broxbourne has been instructed to submit an initial plan by 31 January 2019 and a final plan by 31 October 2019.

Current proposals suggest a Category D Clean Air Zone (CAZ) for implementation in 2022. Drivers of non-compliant vehicles would be charged £10 per day to enter the zone, with an exemption for local residents and others.

Further information can be found here.

Burnley

Although Burnley Borough Council had previously been instructed to submit a local plan to tackle air pollution, the government has now confirmed the council is one of 18 local authorities that have been found to either already be operating within legal limits or to not have any additional measures available to bring compliance sooner. The Council will, however, be expected to maintain its air quality improvement work.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Bury

As part of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan to ‘tackle nitrogen dioxide exceedances’ Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Manchester and Salford have announced proposals for a joint charging clean air zone covering the whole of Greater Manchester.

The class C Clean Air Zone would only target HGVs, LGVs, buses taxis and private hire vehicles. Buses and lorries will be charged £100 a day while taxis and private hires will be charged a proposed £7.50 a day.

Minimum Emission Standards for the proposed class C charging zone:
Bus/HGVs – Diesel Euro 6
Van and minibus – Diesel Euro 6
Taxis and private hire vehicles – Diesel Euro 6, Petrol Euro 4

The proposals will be consulted on before a final plan is agreed.

www.cleanairgm.com/contact-us 

 

Caerphilly

In September 2018, Caerphilly Borough Council announced the six clean air measures that would receive further consideration from the Council. These include traffic control measures, peak hour HGV bans and a CAZ or LEZ.

The Council is required to submit a final plan to the Welsh Government by June 2019.

Further information about the current situation is available here.  

Calderdale

Although Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council had previously been instructed to submit a local plan to tackle air pollution, the government has now confirmed the council is one of 18 local authorities that have been found to either already be operating within legal limits or to not have any additional measures available to bring compliance sooner. The Council will, however; be expected to maintain its air quality improvement work.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Cardiff

A £2 congestion charge for drivers is being proposed in Cardiff as part of a £2bn, 10-year transport plan.  Cardiff council plans to charge non-residents in a bid to hit green targets and cut congestion.

The charge may come in by 2024 and the charging zone is under discussion.

 

Cheltenham

Although Cheltenham Borough Council had previously been instructed to submit a local plan to tackle air pollution, the government has now confirmed the council is one of 18 local authorities that have been found to either already be operating within legal limits or to not have any additional measures available to bring compliance sooner. The Council will, however; be expected to maintain its air quality improvement work.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Coventry

The government has written to Coventry City Council in support of its air quality proposals which means that the city does not need to introduce a charging Clean Air Zone.  The council will need to submit a final full business case to the government outlining what mitigation measures it plans to put in place by 19 June.

A consultation is currently underway to consider a combination of measures in the area around Holyhead Road, through Spon End from Hearsall Lane to Junction 7 of the Ring Road, and on Foleshill Road.

Further information about the plans in Coventry is available on the Council's website.

Derby

Both Nottingham and Derby City Councils have announced that following research and consultation with residents and stakeholders, they have decided not to introduce a CAZ as both expect their respective cities to achieve compliance within two years.

Further detailed information about the Derby CAZ proposal is available on the Derby City Council website. 

Dudley

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council has confirmed it will take forward new measures to tackle localised air pollution, including:

1. The retrofitting of approximately 400 buses with technology to reduce emissions;
2. Traffic management measures such as adjustments to signalling to reduce congestion;
3. Behavioural change campaigns to encourage individuals to take action and reduce their contribution to air pollution.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Edinburgh

Edinburgh City Council has published its draft proposals to roll-out a two-tier Low Emission Zone (LEZ) by the end of 2020, which will be the subject of a public consultation. 

Non-compliant cars, buses and lorries will be banned from the city centre but a separate zone from the wider city will exempt cars from the rules:  

  • Buses, coaches and commercial vehicles will have until the end of 2021 to meet the city centre standards and 2023 to meet city-wide standards.
  • Cars will have until the end of 2024 (this could be extended to 2025) to meet city centre standards. 

Compliant vehicles are those with petrol engines that meet Euro 4 standards; diesel cars that meet Euro 6 standards; and diesel HGVs that meet Euro 6 standards. The proposed charges have yet to be confirmed.

More information about Edinburgh’s plans is available on the council website.

Fareham

In December 2018 Fareham announced its planned measures to reduce nitrogen dioxide levels. These are providing better infrastructure and encouraging walking and cycling, real time information on bus stops, improvements to traffic signals on Market Quay and scheme to encourage taxis to change from older diesel vehicles to newer ones. There was no support for a CAZ. 

Further information can be accessed here

 

Gateshead

Newcastle, Gateshead, and North Tyneside Councils have together proposed a charging Clean Air Zone (CAZ) Category C for 2021. This CAZ would include buses, coaches, taxis, vans and HGVs. The proposal differs from CAZ D suggestion that would have included private cars.  

The proposed CAZ charges for vehicles that do not meet emissions standards are as follows: 

  • HGVs - £50 per day 
  • Buses - £50 per day 
  • Coaches - £50 per day 
  • Taxis (Hackney Carriages and private hire vehicles) - £12.50 per day 
  • Vans - £12.50 per day 

 Any future charges after 2021 would be determined after further consultation once the other measures had been agreed and implemented. 

Further information about the proposals is available on the Council website.

Glasgow

Glasgow City Council have implemented Scotland’s first ‘Low Emission Zone’ (LEZ), which came into effect in parts of the city from 31 December 2018. Glasgow is one of four cities (the others being Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh) required by the Scottish Government to implement a LEZ by 2020. However, to date, Glasgow is the only one to have had its plans approved by its local committee.

Initially, the city’s LEZ seeks to reduce emissions from buses operating around the designated zone - which is largely the same as the existing city centre ‘Air Quality Management Area’ - with a phased implementation over a four-year period. More action will be required though to tackle the high levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) measured in the city centre which is why the council will incorporate all vehicles types (including cars) by the end of 2022

Further work will be undertaken to expand the LEZ to include other vehicles, and the council has established a ‘LEZ Delivery Forum’ to lead discussion with stakeholders about any potential challenges to the implementation of the next stage. The proposed LEZ would ban any vehicle not meeting the following standards:

Euro 3 motorcycles and mopeds

Euro 4 petrol engines

Euro 6 diesel engines

Euro VI heavy diesel engines

Further information about the plans in Glasgow are available on the council website.

Guildford

Guildford submitted their Outlined Business Case to the Government in December 2018, which identified reducing the 70mph speed limit to 50mph in a stretch of the A331 in the areas of Rushmoor Borough Council and Surrey Heath Borough Council as the Council’s preferred measure to achieve compliance with NO2 limits.

Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport has announced tough new measures to protect local air quality, reduce emissions and encourage more passengers to travel to the airport using sustainable and public transport.
An Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be established from 2022, introducing minimum vehicle emissions standards for passengers’ cars and private hire vehicles entering car parks or drop-off areas outside Heathrow’s terminals. The ULEZ will then transition to a Vehicle Access Charge (VAC) scheme from 2026, following improvements to public transport access to the airport and targeting all passenger cars, taxis and private hire vehicles.

Kirklees

Although Kirklees Council had previously been instructed to submit a local plan to tackle air pollution, the government has now confirmed the council is one of 18 local authorities that have been found to either already be operating within legal limits or to not have any additional measures available to bring compliance sooner. The Council will, however; be expected to maintain its air quality improvement work.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Leeds

Leeds City Council have received government approval to implement a Class B Clean Air Charging Zone (CAZ).

This was due to go-live in September, however, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Leeds City Council has asked the government for permission to delay the planned Clean Air Charging Zone until January 2021 at the earliest.  

Buses, taxis and HGVs will be subject to the following charges:

  • Buses/coaches £50p/d
  • HGVs £50p/d
  • Taxis/PHEVs £12.50p/d

The Council is also engaging with other cities outside of London to agree a common charging structure following the BVRLA's call to ensure that charging schemes are as standardised as possible.

Vans and cars are not impacted by the CAZ.

Other information: 

  • The council is offering financial support to taxi & private hire drivers and will make £2.3m available to help owners, leaseholders  and operators of affected vehicles with the costs of switching to cleaner models.
  • Upgrade/retrofit grants (up to £16000) for owners of non- scheduled buses & coaches.  A similar amount expected for HGV operators.
  • £10000 loans per vehicle (to switch to compliant or LPG retrofit) or £1500 grant per vehicle to cover transactional costs for taxis or PHVs licensed with Leeds Council.

Further detailed information about the Leeds CAZ proposal is available on the Leeds City Council website. 

 

Leicester

Leicester City Council has confirmed it will take forward measures to tackle localised air pollution, with implementation set for summer 2021.  The category of Clean Air Zone (CAZ) has yet to be confirmed. 

Charges of £50 per day for buses (tbc).

Other Information

- Grants potentially of £10,000 for electric Hackney cabs and the installation of charging points.

- Central government funding of £10m to help with upgrades to cleaner vehicles.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Liverpool

Liverpool City Council will carry out more detailed studies into how it will tackle the more persistent air quality problems that have been identified. This will be presented to government by 31 October 2019.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

London

On 8 April 2019, the T-charge was replaced by a ULEZ, which operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week within the current congestion charge area. ULEZ charges are £12.50 per day for non-compliant cars, motorcycles and vans and £100 per day for heavier vehicles including lorries. These charges are payable in addition to the weekday Congestion Charge and Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charge.

The ULEZ will be extended to an area 18-times larger than the original zone by 25 October 2021, encompassing London boroughs up to both the North and South Circular roads. The Mayor also announced intentions to tighten the standards for the most polluting heavy vehicles including buses, coaches and lorries across the whole of London from October 2020.

Funding: £25m to support low-income Londoners to scrap older cars, along with £23m aimed at microbusinesses and charities to scrap older vans and minibuses. 

Exemptions: residents within the zone to have 100% ULEZ exemption and will continue to receive 90% discount for vehicles that do not meet T-Charge emissions standards until 24th October, after which they will pay the full ULEZ charge; vehicles registered with 'disabled' or 'disabled passenger vehicles' tax classes 100% exempt until 26th October; and London-licenced taxis are 100% exempt due to their 15 year age limit and because all new vehicles must be zero-emission capable.  

Details about the implementation of the ULEZ are available on the Transport for London website.

Manchester

As part of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan to ‘tackle nitrogen dioxide exceedances’ Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Manchester and Salford have announced proposals for a joint charging clean air zone covering the whole of Greater Manchester.

The Category C Clean Air Zone would only target HGVs, LGVs, buses taxis and private hire vehicles. Buses and lorries will be charged £100 a day while taxis and private hires will be charged a proposed £7.50 a day.

Minimum Emission Standards for the proposed class C charging zone:
Bus/HGVs – Diesel Euro 6
Van and minibus – Diesel Euro 6
Taxis and private hire vehicles – Diesel Euro 6, Petrol Euro 4

The proposals will be consulted on before a final plan is agreed.

www.cleanairgm.com/contact-us 

Middlesbrough

In February 2019, Middlesbrough Council released its Middlesbrough Local Nitrogen Dioxide Plan Outline Business Case seeking to demonstrate that there is no case for change and no additional measures need to be implemented to achieve compliance.

Outline Business Case

Newcastle

Newcastle, Gateshead, and North Tyneside Councils have proposed the introduction of a Category C Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in 2021. The CAZ will include buses, coaches, taxis, vans and HGVs. The proposal differs from the original CAZ Category D propsal, which would have included private cars. 

The proposed charges are:

  • £50 per day for HGVs, buses and coaches; and
  • £12.50 per day for vans and taxis (Hackney Carriages and private hire vehicles).

No charge for cars.

Other information

- New delivery hubs are proposed for smaller goods vehicles outside of the charging zone to enable 'last mile' deliveries by electric vehicle or cargo bicycle. 

- Supporting measures include grants to enable vehicle upgrades and grace periods when the measures are first implemented. 

Any future charges after 2021 would be determined subject to further consultation once the other measures had been agreed and implemented. 

Further information about the proposals is available on the Council website.

Newcastle-under-Lyme

After completing a Targeted Feasibility Study Submitted Newcastle-under-Lyme submitted plans which include retrofitting bus fleets to achieve Euro six standards, reducing speed limits and an electric vehicle strategy as their preferred measures to achieve compliance.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published here

New Forest

New Forest submitted its Air Quality Final Plan to the Government in December 2018, which identified pursuing a business as usual scenario as its preferred option to achieve compliance.

Further information can be found here

 

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North Tyneside

Newcastle, Gateshead, and North Tyneside Councils have together proposed a charging Class C Clean Air Zone (CAZ) be introduced in 2021. This CAZ would include buses, coaches, taxis, vans and HGVs. The proposal has been changed from the original suggestion of class D which would have included private cars, following the feedback received from a public consultation. 

The charges that are proposed for vehicles that do not meet emissions standards are as follows: 

HGVs - £50 per day 

Buses - £50 per day 
Coaches - £50 per day 
Taxis (Hackney Carriages and private hire vehicles) - £12.50 per day 

Vans - £12.50 per day 

Cars - £0 per day. Any future charges after 2021 would be determined after further consultation once the other measures had been agreed and implemented. 

Further information about the proposals is available on the Council website.

Nottingham

Both Nottingham and Derby City Councils have announced that following research and consultation with residents and stakeholders, they have decided not to introduce a CAZ as both expect their respective cities to achieve compliance within two years.

In November 2018 Nottingham City Council became the first council to have it's air quality plans approved by government. 

Further detailed information about the Nottingham air quality plan is available on the Nottingham Council website.

Oldham

As part of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan to ‘tackle nitrogen dioxide exceedances’ Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Manchester and Salford have announced proposals for a joint charging clean air zone covering the whole of Greater Manchester.

The class C Clean Air Zone would only target HGVs, LGVs, buses taxis and private hire vehicles. Buses and lorries will be charged £100 a day while taxis and private hires will be charged a proposed £7.50 a day.

Minimum Emission Standards for the proposed class C charging zone:
Bus/HGVs – Diesel Euro 6
Van and minibus – Diesel Euro 6
Taxis and private hire vehicles – Diesel Euro 6, Petrol Euro 4

The proposals will be consulted on before a final plan is agreed.

www.cleanairgm.com/contact-us 

 

Oxford

Oxford City Council have released plans for a Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ). This was due to come into effect in December, however, due to Covid-19 this will be pushed back until Summer 2021. A consultation on the final plans has also been put on hold until later in the year.

The plans see the council taking a staggered approach towards its final target of zero transport emissions within the city by 2035. 

The proposals would initially ban all non-zero emission capable vehicles during specified hours from parking and loading on public highway within an inner zone, while in a larger zone the buses would need to meet Euro 6 standards.  At the same time citywide taxi emissions standards would be applied from 2020, with those standards gradually rising by 2025.  The main features of the plans are:

  • The introduction of a 'Red Zone' charging scheme between 7am-7pm, with a £10 charge for non-compliant vehicles entering the zone.
  • Discounts for all blue badge holders entering the zone until December 2024.
  • Exemptions for businesses registered in the zone until December 2024, followed by a discount until December 2030.
  • A 90% discount for residents living in the zone until December 2030.
  • Buses and Oxford-licensed Hackney Carriages which drive within the planned Zero Emission Zone have already agreed timelines for zero emissions fleets across Oxford and will not be subject to charges. 

The two councils launched a public consultation on the updated scheme during January 2020.  A final decision on the introduction of the zone is subject to approval by councillors at both City and County councils and if approved the ZEZ would be one of the first of its kind globally.

More detailed information about the Oxford plans is available on the Council’s website.

 

Peterborough

Although Peterborough City Council had previously been instructed to submit a local plan to tackle air pollution, the government has now confirmed the council is one of 18 local authorities that have been found to either already be operating within legal limits or to not have any additional measures available to bring compliance sooner. The Council will, however; be expected to maintain its air quality improvement work.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Plymouth

Although Plymouth City Council had previously been instructed to submit a local plan to tackle air pollution, the government has now confirmed the council is one of 18 local authorities that have been found to either already be operating within legal limits or to not have any additional measures available to bring compliance sooner. The Council will, however; be expected to maintain its air quality improvement work.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Poole

Although Poole Borough Council had previously been instructed to submit a local plan to tackle air pollution, the government has now confirmed the council is one of 18 local authorities that have been found to either already be operating within legal limits or to not have any additional measures available to bring compliance sooner. The Council will, however; be expected to maintain its air quality improvement work.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Portsmouth

Following a consultation period earlier in 2019, Portsmouth City Council has now proposed a charging Class B Clean Air Zone for operation on Portsea Island. This will cover buses, taxis, HGVs, but not vans or cars.

The plans will now be submitted for approval by Defra. 

Further, information about the Council's plans is published on their website

Reading

Reading Borough Council has confirmed it will take forward new measures to tackle localised air pollution, including:

1. The retrofitting of approximately 400 buses with technology to reduce emissions;
2. Traffic management measures such as adjustments to signalling to reduce congestion;
3. Behavioural change campaigns to encourage individuals to take action and reduce their contribution to air pollution.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Rochford

Rochford District Council are proposing to introduce a non-charging Clean Air Zone which would provide a 50mph speed limit along the A127 from Fortune of War to Pound Lane junction and advice and support for Businesses within the zone on upgrading to cleaner vehicles, encouraging their staff to travel sustainably, installing electric charging points and cycle parking.

A consultation, seeking peoples’ views on the non-charging Clean Air Zone, will take place later this year.

Further information can be accessed here

Rotherham

Rotherham and Sheffield City Councils undertook a feasibility study that found Sheffield would need to introduce a class C charging zone but that this was not required in Rotherham. 

Rotherham is seeking government funding for alternative plans to reduce air pollution without the implementation of a clean air zone by changing speed limits on Rotherham section of the parkway, improvements to the bus fleets and routes of busses on Rawmarsh Hill and Fitzwilliam Road, the restriction of HGV’s on the Wortly road and additional measures to support businesses to improve their fleets and improve air quality by upgrading vehicles.

Further information can be found here
 

Rushmoor

Rushmoor submitted their Outlined Business Case to the Government in December 2018, which identified reducing the 70mph speed limit to 50mph in a stretch of the A331 in the areas of Rushmoor Borough Council and Surrey Heath Borough Council as the Council’s preferred measure to achieve compliance with NO2 limits

Salford

As part of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan to ‘tackle nitrogen dioxide exceedances’ Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Manchester and Salford have announced proposals for a joint charging clean air zone covering the whole of Greater Manchester.

The class C Clean Air Zone would only target HGVs, LGVs, buses taxis and private hire vehicles. Buses and lorries will be charged £100 a day while taxis and private hires will be charged a proposed £7.50 a day.

Minimum Emission Standards for the proposed class C charging zone:
Bus/HGVs – Diesel Euro 6
Van and minibus – Diesel Euro 6
Taxis and private hire vehicles – Diesel Euro 6, Petrol Euro 4

The proposals will be consulted on before a final plan is agreed.

www.cleanairgm.com/contact-us 

 

Sandwell

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has confirmed it will take forward new measures to tackle localised air pollution, including:

1. The retrofitting of approximately 400 buses with technology to reduce emissions;
2. Traffic management measures such as adjustments to signalling to reduce congestion;
3. Behavioural change campaigns to encourage individuals to take action and reduce their contribution to air pollution.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Sefton

Although Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council had previously been instructed to submit a local plan to tackle air pollution, the government has now confirmed the council is one of 18 local authorities that have been found to either already be operating within legal limits or to not have any additional measures available to bring compliance sooner. The Council will, however; be expected to maintain its air quality improvement work.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Sheffield

Sheffield have launched a consultation proposing a Category C Clean Air Zone (CAZ), with implementation set for January 2021.  Likely charges are: 

  • Non-compliant buses, coaches and HGVs to be charged £50/day
  • Taxis, private hire vehicles and LGVs £10/day. The council has notably requested £50 million of support from government to help affected van and taxi drivers.
  • Private cars are set to be exempt.

The vehicles likely to be affected are Euro 6 for diesel (2016) and Euro 4 for petrol (2006).

The deadline for responding to the Sheffield consultation is 25th August. For further information and to share your views please visit the Sheffield City Council website.

 

Solihull

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has confirmed it will take forward new measures to tackle localised air pollution, including:

1. The retrofitting of approximately 400 buses with technology to reduce emissions;
2. Traffic management measures such as adjustments to signalling to reduce congestion;
3. Behavioural change campaigns to encourage individuals to take action and reduce their contribution to air pollution.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Southend-on-Sea

Although Southend-on-Sea Borough Council had previously been instructed to submit a local plan to tackle air pollution, the government has now confirmed the council is one of 18 local authorities that have been found to either already be operating within legal limits or to not have any additional measures available to bring compliance sooner. The Council will, however; be expected to maintain its air quality improvement work.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Southampton

Following numerous technical assessments Southampton City Council have now decided against introducing a charging clean air zone as current and planned alternative measures ought to reduce pollution sufficiently within the neccessary timeframe. These plans are now subject to approval from government. 

Further detailed information about the Southampton clean air proposal is available on the Southampton City Council website.  

South Gloucestershire

South Gloucestershire Council has confirmed it will take forward new measures to tackle localised air pollution, including:

1. The retrofitting of approximately 400 buses with technology to reduce emissions;
2. Traffic management measures such as adjustments to signalling to reduce congestion;
3. Behavioural change campaigns to encourage individuals to take action and reduce their contribution to air pollution.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

South Tyneside

Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside and South Tyneside are working together to develop an air quality plan. The Councils are considering two sets of measures that they have put out to public consultation. https://www.breathe-cleanair.com/

These measures include a class D charging clean air zone charging HGVS, buses and coaches £50 a day and taxis, private hire vehicles, vans and private cars £12.50 a day. This would apply to all non-compliant vehicles except motorcycles and mopeds. The zone covers Newcastle city centre and the existing AQMA areas of Gosforth and Gateshead town centre.

Minimum Emission Standards for the proposed class D charging zone:

Cars: Euro 6 diesel vehicles and Euro 4 petrol vehicles

LGVs: Euro 6 diesel vehicles and Euro 4 petrol vehicles

HGVs, buses and coaches: euro 6

The other measure the Councils are considering is a Low Emission Zone focused on Newcastle City Centre, banning non-compliant vehicles and tolls on the Tyne, Swing and Redheugh bridges.

Minimum Emission Standards for the smaller low emission zone:

Cars: Euro 6 diesel vehicles and Euro 4 petrol vehicles

Lorries and buses: Euro 6

The proposed tolls would be £3.40 per journey for HGVs, £1.70 per journey for vans and £1.70 per journey for cars.

Stockport

As part of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan to ‘tackle nitrogen dioxide exceedances’ Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Manchester and Salford have announced proposals for a joint charging clean air zone covering the whole of Greater Manchester.

The class C Clean Air Zone would only target HGVs, LGVs, buses taxis and private hire vehicles. Buses and lorries will be charged £100 a day while taxis and private hires will be charged a proposed £7.50 a day.

Minimum Emission Standards for the proposed class C charging zone:
Bus/HGVs – Diesel Euro 6
Van and minibus – Diesel Euro 6
Taxis and private hire vehicles – Diesel Euro 6, Petrol Euro 4

The proposals will be consulted on before a final plan is agreed.

www.cleanairgm.com/contact-us 

 

Stoke-on-Trent

After completing a Targeted Feasibility Study Submitted Stoke-on-Trent submitted plans which include retrofitting bus fleets to achieve Euro six standards, reducing speed limits and an electric vehicle strategy as their preferred measures to achieve compliance. Stoke-on-Trent's 2018 Air quality report refers to plans to discuss a CAZ in the next year.

Further, detailed information about the Council's can be found here

Sunderland

Although Sunderland City Council had previously been instructed to submit a local plan to tackle air pollution, the government has now confirmed the council is one of 18 local authorities that have been found to either already be operating within legal limits or to not have any additional measures available to bring compliance sooner. The Council will, however; be expected to maintain its air quality improvement work.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Surrey Heath

Surrey Health submitted their Outlined Business Case to the Government in December 2018, which identified reducing the 70mph speed limit to 50mph in a stretch of the A331 in the areas of Rushmoor Borough Council and Surrey Heath Borough Council as the Council’s preferred measure to achieve compliance with NO2 limits.

Tameside

As part of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan to ‘tackle nitrogen dioxide exceedances’ Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Manchester and Salford have announced proposals for a joint charging clean air zone covering the whole of Greater Manchester.

The class C Clean Air Zone would only target HGVs, LGVs, buses taxis and private hire vehicles. Buses and lorries will be charged £100 a day while taxis and private hires will be charged a proposed £7.50 a day.

Minimum Emission Standards for the proposed class C charging zone:
Bus/HGVs – Diesel Euro 6
Van and minibus – Diesel Euro 6
Taxis and private hire vehicles – Diesel Euro 6, Petrol Euro 4

The proposals will be consulted on before a final plan is agreed.

www.cleanairgm.com/contact-us 

 

Trafford

As part of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan to ‘tackle nitrogen dioxide exceedances’ Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Manchester and Salford have announced proposals for a joint charging clean air zone covering the whole of Greater Manchester.

The Clean Air Zone (CAZ) category C  would only target HGVs, LGVs, buses taxis and private hire vehicles. Buses and lorries will be charged £100 a day while taxis and private hires will be charged a proposed £7.50 a day.

Minimum Emission Standards for the proposed class C charging zone:
Bus/HGVs – Diesel Euro 6
Van and minibus – Diesel Euro 6
Taxis and private hire vehicles – Diesel Euro 6, Petrol Euro 4

The proposals will be consulted on before a final plan is agreed.

www.cleanairgm.com/contact-us 

 

Wakefield

Although Wakefield Metropolitan Borough Council had previously been instructed to submit a local plan to tackle air pollution, the government has now confirmed the council is one of 18 local authorities that have been found to either already be operating within legal limits or to not have any additional measures available to bring compliance sooner. The Council will, however; be expected to maintain its air quality improvement work.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Walsall

Although Walsall Council had previously been instructed to submit a local plan to tackle air pollution, the government has now confirmed the council is one of 18 local authorities that have been found to either already be operating within legal limits or to not have any additional measures available to bring compliance sooner. The Council will, however; be expected to maintain its air quality improvement work.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Wolverhampton

City of Wolverhampton Council has confirmed it will take forward new measures to tackle localised air pollution, including:

1. The retrofitting of approximately 400 buses with technology to reduce emissions;
2. Traffic management measures such as adjustments to signalling to reduce congestion;
3. Behavioural change campaigns to encourage individuals to take action and reduce their contribution to air pollution.

Further, detailed information about the Council's plans is published in the Government's 'Supplement to the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' document. 

Rochdale

As part of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan to ‘tackle nitrogen dioxide exceedances’ Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Manchester and Salford have announced proposals for a joint charging clean air zone covering the whole of Greater Manchester.

The class C Clean Air Zone would only target HGVs, LGVs, buses taxis and private hire vehicles. Buses and lorries will be charged £100 a day while taxis and private hires will be charged a proposed £7.50 a day.

Minimum Emission Standards for the proposed class C charging zone:
Bus/HGVs – Diesel Euro 6
Van and minibus – Diesel Euro 6
Taxis and private hire vehicles – Diesel Euro 6, Petrol Euro 4

The proposals will be consulted on before a final plan is agreed.

www.cleanairgm.com/contact-us 

Wigan

As part of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan to ‘tackle nitrogen dioxide exceedances’ Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Manchester and Salford have announced proposals for a joint charging clean air zone covering the whole of Greater Manchester.

The class C Clean Air Zone would only target HGVs, LGVs, buses taxis and private hire vehicles. Buses and lorries will be charged £100 a day while taxis and private hires will be charged a proposed £7.50 a day.

Minimum Emission Standards for the proposed class C charging zone:
Bus/HGVs – Diesel Euro 6
Van and minibus – Diesel Euro 6
Taxis and private hire vehicles – Diesel Euro 6, Petrol Euro 4

The proposals will be consulted on before a final plan is agreed.

www.cleanairgm.com/contact-us