New figures show that air pollution on Putney High Street has fallen sharply over the past year.
Data from Conservative controlled Wandsworth Council show that in 2017 nitrogen dioxide levels were breached eight times – down from 403 breaches in 2016 and 1726 in 2012. The figures are well below the annual target of 18 breaches and represent a 99% since 2012.
Over 100 buses an hour use Putney High Street and a research project found that buses were responsible for 80% of the area’s nitrogen dioxide. The high levels of pollution meant Conservative Councillors lobbied TfL to introduce cleaner and less polluting buses.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Jonathan Cook, said:
“Progress has been excellent so far, but there’s no room for complacency. We will continue to work to reduce air pollution in Putney and across the Borough as set out in our Air Quality Action Plan”.