London boroughs win £5m to tackle air pollution

London boroughs win £5m to tackle air pollution

by Big Mac

The City of London in the afternoon

Funding worth £5 million has been provided to tackle air pollution in London.
A total of 28 boroughs have won a share of the fund.
Electric vehicle (EV) charging points on lamp posts in Hounslow, EVs for local shoppers in Waltham Forest and trials of new construction machinery which emit lower emissions are some of the projects that have been chosen.
Mayor Boris Johnson has also announced plans to award £1 million for at least two flagship ‘Low Emission Neighbourhoods’ in the capital.
Nine boroughs, including Hackney, Greenwich and Camden, have been picked to work on proposals to transform a local neighbourhood with a host of measures to improve air quality, walking and cycling.
Mr Johnson said: “Protecting the well-being of Londoners is vital and these great projects, coupled with my plans for the world’s first Ultra-Low Emission Zone in 2020, are part of the bold measures we need, along with the strong support of the government and the EU, to win London’s pollution battle. ”
An initiative aimed at encouraging drivers to stop idling and switch their engines off at Tower Bridge has also been launched.