02 June 2015

Success for Labour's Clean Air Brixton campaign

The Mayor of London has confirmed that action will be taken to reduce dangerous pollution on Brixton Road following a campaign by local councillors.

Early this year, local Labour councillors - including Vassall's Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop - called for the Mayor to take action to reduce pollution being caused by Transport for London (tfl) buses.  This came after new figures suggested that Brixton Road had breached the legal limit for diesel fume pollution for the whole of 2015 just four days into the new year. Petrol guzzling buses which heavily use this key road in Vassall were one of the main contributing factors, leading councillors to call for cleaner engines to be installed on buses using the area.

More than 500 people signed the petition - many in Vassall - and the Mayor has now confirmed that he will aim to cut emissions by 50% by the end of 2015. The Mayor's office also confirmed that they will work with Lambeth to identify more opportunities to reduce transport related pollution across the borough.

Reacting to the announcement, Vassall councillors Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop said:

"Brixton Road is one of the most polluted roads in London and runs through the heart of busy residential areas in Vassall. The Mayor has been far too slow off the mark in addressing this issue, but we are pleased there is a clear commitment in place to reduce emissions following our campaign. Public Health England estimates that over 100 deaths occur every year in  Lambeth owing to poor air quality: this is not something that local people in Brixton should have to live with.

"While this commitment is a step forward, we will be monitoring how the Mayor carries out these policies to ensure that his promises are fufilled and we look forward to Lambeth working with him.

"Thank you to all residents who signed our petition and talked to us about it: their support was crucial."

Vassall councillors have also just launched a new campaign to get a pedestrian crossing on Brixton Road, find out more about this here.