Reducing heavy goods vehicles next step to tackle air pollution

Reducing heavy goods vehicles next step to tackle air pollution

Reducing heavy goods vehicles next step to tackle air pollution

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

Reducing heavy goods vehicles and narrowing the high street were ideas put forward during a public meeting on air pollution.

More than 60 people turned up to the meeting organised by the Putney Society to discuss the shocking levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) recorded in Putney High Street.

A panel including Jonathan Callaway, deputy chairman of the Putney Society, deputy council leader Councillor Jonathan Cook and Councillor Russell King, cabinet member for transport, discussed what needs to be done to reduce traffic.

David Irwin, an urban planner, shared his vision for a pedestrian friendly high street, while Jon Irwin of the Wandsworth Environment Forum (WEF) also gave his views.

Results of a survey conducted in Putney High Street earlier this year revealed 69 per cent of people were not satisfied with the street.

It also showed there are more pedestrians using the high street than people travelling in cars, while 39 per cent of people said they were unhappy with the amount of traffic.

Mr Irwin suggested narrowing the road carriageway to 6m, with a 1.5m reserve for vehicles to park and planters to stop people using it as another lane.

He said: "The challenge is how to make it a more liveable and attractive for all roads users, pedestrians in particular, and to ensure that the high street can continue to provide a range of retail services for the local community.

"Already there are signs that retailing is under stress, as evidenced by the recent closure of premises and the large number of charity shops."

Coun Cook buses travelling in the high street are being replaced with a greener fleet of hybrid buses, but said Wandsworth will continue to lobby Transport for London (TfL) for cleaner transport.

He said: "My wife and daughter both have asthma. We take it very seriously as a council - it is something that affects the whole borough.

"Our basic position is that we will look at anything that we think is practical, affordable and might make a difference."

Coun King said the next step is limiting the number of heavy goods vehicles using the road, which could involve allowing deliveries at  set times or banning them from the high street altogether.

Putney Bus Station, in Chelverton Road, was also cited as a major factor in the levels of air pollution.

Coun King said: "We have wanted to move it for some time and the problem is where to put it, we need to lobby TFL where to put it."

Jon Irwin, a member of Wandsworth Cycling Campaign, said: "A lot of people in the borough don't have cars. If people felt cycling was an option imagine how much that would free traffic up from the roads."

A number of questions were put to the panel by the public, with people calling for signs to warn people of N02, green walls and more independent shops in the high street.

The meeting comes after Putney breached the EU limits for levels of N02 three days into the year, a second time in the row.

Earlier this week a Boris Johnson said air quality had improved at a number of hotspots across the capital, and will continue to upgrade buses in Putney.

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7:52am Sat 26 Jan 13

Mariosw11 says...

Someone -please educate me ? is Putney High Street the only area in the whole of Wandworth that has a polution Problem, i can name many areas in Wandworth that have a pollution problem eg. Tooting Broadway/Bec, Wandsworth, south side, Clapham junction!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Someone -please educate me ? is Putney High Street the only area in the whole of Wandworth that has a polution Problem, i can name many areas in Wandworth that have a pollution problem eg. Tooting Broadway/Bec, Wandsworth, south side, Clapham junction!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!! Mariosw11
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4:28pm Mon 28 Jan 13

General Joy says...

No, it's not. But the thing about Putney is that it has an effective lobbying group in the form of the Putney Society, composed of intelligent, articulate and persuasive people who can make their case more forcefully than residents of those areas of the borough which lack a similar body.
No, it's not. But the thing about Putney is that it has an effective lobbying group in the form of the Putney Society, composed of intelligent, articulate and persuasive people who can make their case more forcefully than residents of those areas of the borough which lack a similar body. General Joy
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12:05pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Jon_events says...

@Mariosw11 & General Joy I'm optimistic of some other good schemes being publicised in the near future.

Watch this space! PS I'm the Jon who was on the panel.
@Mariosw11 & General Joy I'm optimistic of some other good schemes being publicised in the near future. Watch this space! PS I'm the Jon who was on the panel. Jon_events
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12:06pm Tue 29 Jan 13

PutneySocial says...

I was at the same meeting, it certainly felt like more than 60 people and there were various views expressed. I put Dave Irwin's full proposal online here http://www.putneysoc
ial.co.uk/high-stree
t.html I was quite impressed by TFL commitment to reducing pollution from the buses. But I believe HGV are the next main culprits (But we all want our shops stocked) and then diesal engines seem to be very pollutant but in a different way. Thanks for this Alexandra and I have posted it to the Facebook page for Putney.
I was at the same meeting, it certainly felt like more than 60 people and there were various views expressed. I put Dave Irwin's full proposal online here http://www.putneysoc ial.co.uk/high-stree t.html I was quite impressed by TFL commitment to reducing pollution from the buses. But I believe HGV are the next main culprits (But we all want our shops stocked) and then diesal engines seem to be very pollutant but in a different way. Thanks for this Alexandra and I have posted it to the Facebook page for Putney. PutneySocial
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