Road layouts near Redbridge schools could be changed to protect pupils from toxic fumes

PUBLISHED: 15:17 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:58 13 September 2017

The air quality audit will look at the impact of pollution. Picture: Ken Mears.

The air quality audit will look at the impact of pollution. Picture: Ken Mears.


Two primary schools in Redbridge will be subject to an air quality audit to help protect pupils from toxic fumes.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced that William Torbitt Primary School, Eastern Avenue, Newbury Park and Oakdale Junior School, Oakdale Road, South Woodford are among 50 schools in the capital that will be audited by the end of this year.

Global engineering consultancy WSP, financed by £250,000 from the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund will lead the audit and publish the finding in March 2018.

Mr Khan, said: “It is shameful that children across London are breathing in toxic air simply by going to and from school and I am determined to do everything in my power to safeguard their health.

“These air quality audits are a big step towards helping some of the most polluted schools in London identify effective solutions to protect pupils from toxic fumes but, of course, this is only part of the solution.

“Next month, I will be launching my T-charge to rid central London of the oldest, most polluting vehicles and before the end of the year I will be announcing a decision on my plans to bring forward and extend the Ultra-Low Emission Zone along some of our busiest roads.”

Audit recommendations could include changes to road layout, moving school entrances, planting more greenery and creating a ‘no engine idling’ zone.

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