According to research published by George Washington University in the Lancet Planetary Health, “Three in ten child asthma cases in the UK are caused by traffic pollution” and “the UK is ranked 24th of 194 countries studied with the highest proportion of new childhood asthma cases attributable to traffic pollution”. In April of this year, Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah – who lived near the South Circular Road in Lewisham, south-east London, and died in 2013, aged nine – became the first person in the UK to have air pollution listed as the cause of death on their death certificate, following the inquest ruling by Coroner Phillip Barlow last December. In a report to prevent future deaths, Mr Barlow said the government should reduce existing legally binding targets for particulate matter pollution to bring them in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.
At EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, South 2021, Imperial’s Ashley Bijster and (on behalf of Videalert) Marston Holdings’ Andrea Jones explained why the move towards managing air quality needn’t be a giant leap into the unknown and can be achieved by utilising proven technologies in a way that will make a very real difference to the quality of life in our towns and cities. Case studying Hammersmith & Fulham’s Traffic, Congestion and Pollution Reduction (TCPR) scheme, they demonstrated how digital ANPR, virtual permits, intelligent assessment payment verification and back office processing systems, coupled with data gathering, permit policy development and public engagement, have helped achieve a 75% traffic reduction from streets within the scheme despite this area of SW6 (to the east of Wandsworth Bridge Road) remaining accessible. “Intelligently combining SMART technology with detailed transport information means we are the first to use camera-enforced gateways, almost like a virtual gated community”, says John Galsworthy, LBHF’s Assistant Director of Parking.
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