In response to concerns about London air quality, Cllr Heather Acton, cabinet member for sustainability and parking, said: “Poor air quality is a continuing problem for us in Westminster, but we’re doing all we can to help improve our environment through our Greener City Action Plan. This includes encouraging a switch away from diesel vehicles, with easy parking for electric vehicles and improving electric vehicle infrastructure, encouraging car club use as an alternative to a private car, reducing freight and waste vehicle movement, promoting more cycling and walking, eliminating vehicle engine idling and reducing emissions from buildings. We are also trialling new measures within our Marylebone Low Emission Neighbourhood which will help make real improvements to air quality in central London.”
From January 2017, 60 on-street charging points will be upgraded and increased by up to 20 new outlets including some rapid chargers.
The expansion of the EV network will help the Marylebone Low Emission Neighbourhood and other air quality hotspots in the borough by contributing to a reduction of the amount of harmful pollutants in our atmosphere. Some diesel vehicles in particular can have a detrimental effect on air quality.
The new Park Right app, which helps drivers find parking quickly thus reducing the amount of time spent waiting or idling, is due for launch in the New Year.