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Improving the air you breathe

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We know this is important to you - so we’re taking action - we declared a climate emergency in the borough in June this year to show our commitment to improving air quality across Kingston.

Air pollution in Kingston contributes to 1 in 20 deaths a year. 

This is something that we need to work on together to make a real difference. To help shape what we should do, we held London’s first citizens assembly dedicated to air pollution last month. A group of 40 people who represent the borough came together over two weekends to hear evidence, discuss the issue and make recommendations about how we can collectively improve air quality in the borough. 

The cars, vans, lorries, buses and other vehicles on our roads are responsible for most of the air pollution in the borough - so we all need to change how we get about. We are trying to make it easier to travel sustainably by:

  • installing more than 100 new electric vehicle charging points across the borough
  • providing 26km of safe cycling lanes
  • introducing dockless electric bike hire 
  • trialling ‘School Streets’ (closing roads to traffic at the start and end of the school day) 
  • and promoting the reduction of engine idling. 

We will have also planted an extra 2000 trees across the borough by 2022, with a minimum of 694 planned for this winter.

We know there’s much, much more we can do together. Find out more about the recommendations from the citizens’ assembly and the council’s plans for improving our air at www.kingston.gov.uk/climatechange