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Mayor of London launches £5m fund to tackle air pollution

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Drivers using Tower Bridge in London will be encouraged to stop idling and switch their engines off when the bridge is opening to help lower emissions and boost air quality.




Tower Bridge is raised around 900 times a year, affecting some of the 31,000 vehicles crossing the river on the bridge each day. Now new road signs will provide a simple but innovative approach to helping drivers save fuel and reduce emissions by knowing when there will be a long wait.

The scheme, delivered by Southwark and Tower Hamlets and jointly funded by the Mayor of London, is part of the Mayor’s £20 million Air Quality Fund (MAQF), which has supported bold pollution-busting projects across the capital over the past three years.

Today the Mayor announced the projects across 28 boroughs which will benefit from a share of £5 million from his fund.

In addition, the Mayor has announced his intention to award £1 million to at least two flagship ‘Low Emission Neighbourhoods’ in the capital. Nine boroughs have been chosen to work up proposals for transforming a local neighbourhood with a host of measures to improve walking, cycling and air quality.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP 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."


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