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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.

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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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