What are we doing in South Essex?
What is the problem?
The Government’s National Air Quality Plan identified a number of locations along the A127 in Essex were likely to be exceeding air quality thresholds for Nitrogen Dioxide.
Further tests found that a section of the A127 between east and west Basildon, and parts of the business area to the south of it, has poor air quality that breaks national safe limits.
What are we doing?
To tackle this issue, Essex County Council, Basildon Borough Council and Rochford District Council are proposing to introduce a non-charging Clean Air Zone in the area (map below). This would mean:
- A 50mph speed limit along the A127 from Fortune of War to Pound Lane junction
- Businesses within the zone will be offered advice and support on upgrading to cleaner vehicles and installing electric charging points and cycle parking. We also want to help them encourage staff to cycle, walk or use public transport more in their daily commutes
Over the coming months, we will be talking to local residents and businesses to see how best to deliver our proposals to help tackle roadside pollution in our area. A consultation, seeking peoples’ views on the non-charging Clean Air Zone, will take place later this year
These are our plans for South Essex. For information regarding other areas of Essex, please visit www.essexair.org