Air Pollution Severity set to worsen in Liverpool, UK
• Now the review indicates pollution based around 41% of removed bus lanes to have increased, most significantly in 11%.
• Many lane removal recommendations seem arbitrary, in the face of working to expected standards. Indeed some bus lane suspensions have led to increased journey times for BOTH buses and general traffic journeys (e.g. Wavetree, Childwall Valley), yet these lanes are to be removed!
• How will the longer bus journey times benefit bus users’ journeys to work, especially for the 47% of Liverpool households who have no access to a car?
• The local authority document states "A reduction in congestion levels and the free flow of traffic on the City’s highway network promotes positive impact on air quality". However the document fails to address the likely impact of rising car motor traffic due to bus journeys being less competitive with car journeys.
• Recently Public Health England released statistics which reveal that in just one year 239 people in Liverpool died because of air pollution.
• It is well established that the best way to address air pollution is to improve public transport, plus a significant increase in the numbers of people cycling and walking.”
• The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transports described the trial removal of bus lanes as an “ill considered experiment”.
• Many of the bus lanes were installed using contributions from grants from the EU with the purpose of reducing air pollution.
• Air pollution monitoring stations were moved shortly before the experimental traffic order was implemented in 2013. I am therefore concerned that the public in Liverpool is being exposed to increasingly unsafe air pollution, which will not be addressed as air quality data is not available.
My Questions are as follows:-
1. Are you able to offer any advice on who we should address our concerns to? We have addressed our concerns to the local authority, but they are not prepared to listen.
2. Do you share our concerns that air quality monitoring is inadequate in Liverpool?
3. Is Liverpool Local Authority likely to be fined by the EU if air pollution levels worsen?
4. Will Liverpool Local Authority be made to pay back money to the EU following removal of public transport infrastructure that was installed to reduce air pollution?