Research by the Policy Exchange and King’s College London has shown that nearly one in four school children in London are breathing air above the EU legal limits for nitrogen dioxide. This includes more than 30,000 children in the City of Westminster.
The study also found that 3.8 million people, or 44 per cent of the workforce, are employed in areas of London with NO2 pollution breaking EU rules.
The worst areas are Westminster, 687,000, Camden, 368,000 and the City, 360,000. In Oxford Street, one of the capital’s pollution blackspots, the average NO2 concentration in the year to August was more than 150 micrograms per cubic metre, nearly four times the legal limit, the report said.
The death toll from filthy air in London has been officially put at more than 9,000 a year and was responsible for 3,400 hospital admissions annually.
The report states that if current and planned policies are implemented by the Mayor and Government then the average life expectancy in London could increase by six months.