Clean Air Plan: Consultation on two options
20th June 2019
Bristol City Council has announced two Clean Air Plan proposals to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the city to legal limits as quickly as possible.
A public consultation on the two options will run from six weeks from 1st July. The council then intends to decide on the preferred option in September, with a full business case approved by government by December.
The two options are:
- Option 1, Clean Air Zone (private cars not charged) – this includes a local scrappage scheme, improvements to buses and taxis to compliant standards, bus and local traffic interventions in the most polluting areas, incorporating a bus lane on the M32, a targeted diesel ban on the highway past the Bristol Royal Infirmary and a charging scheme for polluting buses, taxis, light goods and heavy goods vehicles
- Option 2, Diesel car ban – all diesel cars are banned from entering a specific central area for an eight-hour period (from 7am-3pm).
Both options would be accompanied by a package of non-charging measures, such as bans on highly polluted routes for heavy goods vehicles and bus priority measures, alongside a city-wide scrappage scheme and improvements to buses and taxis to ensure they are all within compliant emission standards.
Some of the technical studies are yet to be completed, and the results of these are expected to be published two weeks into the consultation period.
Partnership members are encouraged to take part in this important consultation for Bristol once it is open and circulate information among your networks. We will share further information on the consultation in our upcoming newsletter.