Essex County Council proposes solution to high nitrogen dioxide levels on stretch of A127

Essex County Council has proposed a pedestrian and cyclist crossing scheme to improve air pollution in Basildon. 

A part of the A127 in Basildon and two areas to the south of it have been identified as exceeding legal limits for nitrogen dioxide. As a result, a scheme has been developed that will create shared pedestrian and cyclist crossings in a bid to reduce the public’s exposure to poor air quality at the roadside. 

Based on this the government directed Essex County Council and Basildon Borough Council to improve air quality as quickly as possible and assess the likely effectiveness of a potential Clean Air Zone (CAZ). 

So far, both councils have strongly opposed the idea of a CAZ and have instead carried out extensive work to identify and assess possible alternatives.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, deputy leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: ‘We know that there is significant concern about a potential charging clean air zone in Basildon and are determined to ensure any scheme is not only going to be effective but also proportionate, particularly given the continued impact of COVID-19.

“I am delighted that we have now found a much more balanced solution which would have no significant impact on residents or businesses but would reduce people’s exposure to air pollution and achieve compliance with legal air quality levels.”

“Improving poor air quality and reducing our exposure to it will mean more people, especially children, live safer, greener and healthier lives. This public engagement is an opportunity for us to tell you more about the project, share our proposals and for you to let us know what you think as we continue our journey to cleaner travel in Basildon.”

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