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London launches £5m fund to reduce pollution

Date: 11 February 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Outgoing mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has launched a £5m fund to help tackle air pollution in the city.

Projects awarded shares of the fund include a scheme to install hundreds of electric charging points on lampposts in Hounslow, and an extension of the London Boroughs Consolidation Centre, which aims to cut down on the number of deliveries carried out in the capital with a shared distribution centre for major courier firms. 

In addition, the mayor has announced his intention to award £1 million to at least two flagship 'Low Emission Neighbourhoods' in the capital. Nine boroughs have been chosen to drawk up proposals for transforming a local neighbourhood with measures to encourage walking and cycling and improve air quality.

Meanwhile, from today, drivers using Tower Bridge will be encouraged to switch off their engines when waiting for the bridge to open to help cut emissions.

The scheme, delivered by Southwark and Tower Hamlets boroughs and jointly funded by the mayor's £20m Air Quality Fund, which was launched in 2013.

Meanwhile, a team of 'dust enforcement officers' will also patrol building sites, aiming to reduce pollution caused by the construction sector by enforcing the mayor's emissions standards for machinery. 

"Protecting the well-being of Londoners is vital and these great projects, coupled with my plans for the world's first Ultra-Low Emission Zone in 2020, are part of the bold measures we need, along with the strong support of the Government and the EU, to win London's pollution battle," Johnson said.