Council has been awarded an additional £652,000 by the Government to complete
its clean air plan.
The money will be
used to accelerate the preparation of the document, which needs to be finished
by the end of October, and is in addition to £1 million which has already been
The cash will pay
for transport and air quality monitoring and modelling, and to identify ways in
which the council can ensure the city meets EU standards for nitrogen dioxide
in the shortest possible time.
declared a climate change emergency and has pledged to cut its carbon
output to zero by 2030, appointed a dedicated cabinet member for environment
and climate change and is setting up a new dedicated climate change select
Work is already
underway on a £45 million connectivity strategy in the city centre to improve
how people travel on a more environmentally sustainable basis, with an emphasis
on upgrading the public realm for pedestrians and cyclists. In addition, the
council is also looking at how public transport and active travel can be
prioritised, so that one is not at the expense of the other.
The council is
also a major partner in the £4m URBAN GreenUP project, which includes a new
phase of tree planting in the city centre. It is also investing in cycling and
has already installed 100 bike stations, with Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson
recently committing the council to match a £2m fund to create new cycle routes.
The council is
undergoing a process of converting its own cleansing and refuse collection
fleet away from diesel to alternative fuels, including electric and
electric-hybrid. A total of 20 compressed natural gas vehicles (CNG) are due to
be introduced by Liverpool Street Services Ltd (LSSL) later this year. In
addition, the city’s taxis are being encouraged to go electric or low
Anderson recently submitted a ‘green
city deal’ bid to the Government focused on helping make the city carbon
neutral, while also delivering jobs, clean air, better health, smarter travel,
green spaces and warm and cheap-to-heat homes.
A report recommending acceptance of the funding from the Government will be considered by the council’s Cabinet at a meeting on Friday 16 August.
for environment and climate change, Cllr Laura Robertson-Collins, said: “Our population is growing and that means
higher levels of traffic which causes around 70 percent of air pollution across
the city as a whole, with the worst air quality next to congested roads.
“The quality of
air we breathe affects our health and wellbeing and we are all affected by it,
particularly children and the elderly, and long-term exposure can contribute to
heart disease, stroke and respiratory diseases like asthma.
clean air plan is a key piece of work to understand the challenges that we face
and find ways to tackle the issue.
“We are leading
by example, by changing our fleet of vehicles to be greener, encouraging
hackney drivers to move over to less polluting vehicles and working with
Merseytravel to deliver a better and cleaner bus service.
“We’re looking to
reduce traffic congestion in key areas and make improvements to roads and
walkways to encourage people to walk and cycle more. But we cannot remove cars
without providing a proper 21st century public transport system, and I want us
to be to be working much more closely with our transport partners on making
“We want Liverpool to have cleaner air so people live longer and a
better quality of life.”