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Gloucester's air quality improves during lockdown

July 23, 2020 3:23 PM

Jeremy Hilton and housingGloucester's air quality has improved significantly because of the coronavirus lockdown, according to the city council.

While figures are yet to be verified and confirmed, initial readings show a reduction of nitrogen oxide, a vehicle pollutant, by up to 45% in key areas such as Barton Street.

The trend is being seen across the UK and the globe as people travelled less during Covid-19 restrictions.

When they did travel, many left their cars at home in favour of walking or cycling.

It is assumed that other pollutants will have followed a similar trend.

Councillor Jeremy Hilton, leader of Liberal Democrat group on Gloucester City Council, said: "The substantial reduction in air pollution from vehicles during the Covid-19 lockdown shows that if we all drive less, the air we breath is that much better.

"Traffic volumes dropped to 35% of normal rates in April.

"They have now risen to 85% of the original baseline. We should aim to keep traffic volumes lower than before.

"People can help by working from home, travelling on foot, by bike and on public transport.

"The council must also do more to reduce air pollution at its two pollution hot spots on Barton Street and Priory Road."