City of London Corporation sets out plans for first low emission street
The City of London Corporation has announced plans for a
pilot scheme limiting access to the south section of Moor Lane, near Moorgate,
to ultra-low emission vehicles.
The trial, which is out for public consultation, will
create the City of London’s first low emission street. The pilot is part of the
City Corporation’s Low Emission Neighbourhood project, which it jointly funds
with the Mayor of London.
The pilot will close the road to all vehicles which are
not ultra-low emission vehicle compliant. Access for drivers of non-compliant
ultra-low emission vehicles to the rest of Moor Lane will still be available
from the north side.
The City Corporation is encouraging the uptake of fully
electric and compliant hybrid vehicles to improve air quality in the Square
Mile. It will use the pilot to consider whether similar measures are suitable
for other streets in the City of London.
Following the consultation, the City Corporation aims to
deliver the trial by April 2019.
Two options for an ultra-low emission vehicle pilot in
the southern end of Moor Lane have been developed for consultation. Option one
would introduce the measures 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Option two
would apply Monday to Friday from 7am-11pm.
Jeremy Simons, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s
Environment Committee, said: “This trial is an important step towards cleaner
air. We are determined to see a major improvement in the City’s air quality.
“It will deliver the results we need when considering
radical targeted action to drastically reduce air pollution on our streets.
“Nobody should have to breathe in dirty air, and we will
continue to take bold and ambitious steps to ensure that the health of
Londoners is protected.”
Shirley Rodrigues, deputy mayor for the environment and
energy, said: “We are funding innovative projects like this because they are
vital to encourage more Londoners to switch to ultra-low and zero-emission
vehicles and help tackle the capital’s toxic air.
“Local projects such as Low Emission Neighbourhoods are
a crucial addition to the Mayor’s London-wide plans to tackle pollution, these
include introducing the Ultra Low Emission Zone and upgrading London’s buses
into one of the greenest fleets in the world.”
To improve awareness the City Corporation will provide
clear street signage which will be in place one month before the trial begins.
An information campaign will also take place including social media, leafleting
and direct discussions with City firms.
For the first four weeks of the trial, those who drive
through the ultra-low emission vehicle-only zone with a non-compliant vehicle
will be issued with a warning letter. Following that Penalty Charge Notices
will come into full effect. Any funds generated through the scheme will be held
in reserve and as required by legislation directed towards highway or road
The Moor Lane ultra-low emission vehicle street proposal
is just one part of the City Corporation’s fightback against air pollution.
The City Corporation’s Planning and Transportation
Committee has already backed proposals to turn parts of the Square Mile into
zero-emissions zones by 2022 and cut the speed limit to 15mph as part of its new
It has also already banned the purchase of diesel
vehicles from its own fleet of 300 vehicles, where there is a clean market
As well as working with businesses through its CityAir
Programme, the City Corporation is also leading a London-wide crackdown on
drivers who leave their engines idling.
In August this year
the City Corporation announced new emissions-based charges for on-street
parking in the Square Mile, targeting high polluting transport with higher
charges while rewarding drivers of low emission vehicles with lower tariffs.