York’s new £1.6 million Clean Air Zone, the first voluntary Clean Air Zone in the country, has launched today (31st January 2019).
The Clean Air Zone in York, which is aimed at improving exhaust emissions from local bus services, is a key initiative in the Council’s efforts to tackle traffic pollution in the city centre, which has been linked to numerous health conditions.
Unlike other parts of the country where a Clean Air Zone is a mandatory requirement, Liberal Democrat Councillors have worked hard to proactively introduce a new voluntary Clean Air Zone for York by 2020, based on evidence collected by the Council on air pollution in the city.
Cllr Paula Widdowson, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for the Environment and Climate Change, said:
“I am delighted that York’s new Clean Air Zone is finally operational. The Liberal Democrats have been working hard to deliver a Clean Air Zone here in York and I am looking forward to building on the work already undertaken to tackle air pollution in the city, such as introducing more electric buses on the Park & Ride network.”
“With the Clean Air Zone established, we can now ensure that the buses which most frequently pass through the city centre emit less pollution and thus, have the greatest impact on reducing pollutants in the city.”
“We will continue to make the case that there should be central government funding made available for new initiatives to tackle poor air pollution.”