Towards a cleaner, greener recovery: Where are we now and what’s next?

Updated: Jul 28, 2020

Dirty air is estimated to cause 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK and concern about the quality of the air we breathe is rising. 72% of people in the UK think that clean air is even more important now because coronavirus can affect people’s lungs.

This week, as part of our ongoing #BreatheCleanerAir campaign, we’ll be looking at where we are now and what’s next for a cleaner, greener recovery. We’ll share the plans for cleaner air in Merton, new research from Global Action Plan and positive stories that have emerged from there being fewer vehicles on the road 🚗

As lockdown restrictions ease and schools and businesses reopen, Merton faces an estimated increase of > 100,000 daily car journeys due to reduced capacity of public transport. Urgent action is needed to prevent extreme levels of congestion, polluting vehicle emissions and road danger 🚗

Merton Council has published its Active & Healthy Travel Response to Covid-19 Plan which aims to provide more safe space for walking and cycling in the borough, including:

🚲 Pop-up cycle lanes

👣 Pavement widening

🚸 “School Streets”