Air pollution

Clean Air Day 2019

Clean air is essential for a good quality of life and in Kingston, we are working hard to reduce air pollution for everyone. Air pollution is the biggest environmental cause of ill-health in the UK contributing to 1 in 20 deaths from strokes, heart disease, chest infections and cancer.

Thursday 20 June marks Clean Air Day, which is a national event to raise awareness of the importance of air quality. It is an opportunity for communities, schools and local authorities to hold events and help people understand the simple things they can do to improve the air in the borough.

To mark the day, our Go Cycle team and Dr. Bike will be in the marketplace in Kingston Town Centre with a range of information and advice for those who cycle or who are interested in starting.

  • The council is also working on various initiatives to help improve the air in our borough. These include: 
  • ongoing Air Quality monitoring - you can see the live data on the London Air Quality Network website
  • encouraging residents to walk, cycle or use public transport where possible 
  • installing electric vehicle charging points across the borough, including rapid charge points, on street charging points in town centres and 50 lamp post charging points in residential areas.
  • providing 26km of segregated cycle lanes across the borough through the Go Cycle programme, with 12km installed since 2016 and the scheme due to complete by 2021
  • bringing dockless cycle hire and e-bikes to the borough to make cycling more accessible
  • working with schools to promote sustainable methods to travel to and from school, and trialling ‘School Streets’, where roads are closed to traffic at the start and end of the school day
  • planting 2,000 extra trees in parks and streets by 2022, with over 500 planted in the last year
  • educating drivers on the harm caused by engine idling, introducing campaigns to reduce engine idling at hotspots such as outside schools and by bus stops.