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Air Pollution Severity set to worsen in Liverpool, UK

An Experimental traffic order was put in place in 28th October 2013 in Liverpool for bus lanes to be suspended. As outlined within attached document the Local Authority have proposed that the Experimental traffic orders are to be made permanent despite the following being revealed:-
• 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?


Yours Sincerely
Comments (2)
andrew_kenneth Oct 23, 2014 12:32 AM
The emissions data appears to be based on a computer model than real time monitoring, which would provide detailed information on air pollution peaks for example in rush hour.

Buried in the full report, but not included in the summary document is a 100% increase in air pollution emissions in the City Centre. Why did the summary report not note a ‘severe’ level of pollution, just ‘moderate’?

Full Report:-
EEA Nov 04, 2014 12:58 PM
Dear Andrew,
Please be informed that the EEA produces reports on the state and trends of the environment in Europe and that European environmental legislation is beyond the Agency’s working remit. The EEA neither sets nor enforces environmental policies. You can find data, indicators and publications about air quality in Eruope on our air quality pages:[…]/sitesearch?term=air+quality.
It is the EU Commission which has the responsibility of making legislative proposals as well as overseeing that Member States act in accordance with EU law. The role of the EEA is to supply all parties concerned with relevant environmental information.
If neither local autorities nor relevant NGOs are responding to your enquiries, you may wish to direct your questions about legal compliance etc. to the Directorate-General for the Environment
Hope this is helpful.