Pollutionwatch: time to rethink London’s red routes

Pollutionwatch: time to rethink London’s red routes

In many cities around the world, major roads have been restructured to ease air pollution

It is 30 years since the designation of London’s red routes, the 320-mile network that carries a third of the city’s traffic mainly through residential areas and alongside many schools. They include the South Circular, past the family home of Ella Kissi Deborah, whose air-pollution-induced asthma led to her death in 2013.

According to Oliver Lord, a policy lead at the Environmental Defense Fund, it is time to “review, rebuild and repurpose the red routes, with bold traffic-reduction targets and new approaches for freight”.

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