Clean Air for Bristol

Air quality measurements in Bristol break legal standards for NO2

Hundreds of deaths a year in Bristol are linked to air pollution. It also affects the most vulnerable in our city – children, older people and people with heart and lung conditions.

It is essential that we act now to clean up the air in Bristol and keep its citizens safe and healthy. Bristol City Council is developing a wide ranging Clean Air Plan to achieve compliance with air quality objectives in the shortest possible time and deal with all air quality problems.

We want to hear your view on the options we are considering.

The Traffic Clean Air Zone consultation is now live:

This is a highly complex issue and so the survey is longer than our usual surveys, but there is a lot of information along the way to make it easier to answer the questions. Please allow some time to complete the survey but note there is a “Save and Continue” option on this survey.

Please visit our consultation page and let us know how the different options would affect you.

We will use this information as the basis of seeking funding to mitigate any negative effects.

Both plans will achieve compliance with the legal standards and we will publish the dates of compliance soon.

Update 13th June: Bristol Cabinet to consider two air quality options

Two options which will allow Bristol to meet Government-set targets for air quality improvement will be presented to Cabinet next week.

The Traffic Clean Air Zone plan has been developed in order to protect public health and reach compliant legal standards of harmful emissions from nitrogen dioxide, without negatively impacting transport options for people on lower incomes.

To achieve this, Bristol City Council is proposing:

• Option 1, Clean Air Zone (private cars not charged) – this includes a local scrappage scheme, improvements to buses and taxis to compliant standards, bus and local traffic interventions in the most polluting areas, incorporating a bus lane on the M32, a targeted diesel ban on the highway past the Bristol Royal Infirmary and a charging scheme for polluting buses, taxis, light goods and heavy goods vehicles

• Option 2, Diesel car ban – all diesel cars are banned from entering a specific central area for an eight-hour period (from 7am-3pm daily).

The public will be able to give their views on the two options as part of a six-week public consultation launching on 1 July.

For more information, go to the Cabinet papers on the council website.

Update 21st February 2019: Outline Business Case

We have now received and analysed all of the technical work provided by the team. This has shown two options that could potentially deliver compliance however not within the timescales required. Furthermore, both options are deemed to have a negative socio-economic impact for our lower income residents and as a result we are revisiting the project work carried out to consider alternative solutions. We are looking into this now and it is likely that we will need to carry out some more technical work to support this. We will provide updates on our website and have put some of the methodology papers online to provide the background to these results.

We continue to work collaboratively with JAQU to identify a solution to address Bristol’s air pollution.

JAQU is the Joint Air Quality Unit, a joint unit between Defra and the Department of Transport.

Find out more:

Air quality report 2018

The 2018 air quality annual status report (pdf, 5.5MB) is now available.

Air Pollution

Air pollution and health

Air Quality

What is air quality like in Bristol?

Air Monitoring

Monitoring Air Pollution

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Legal Requirements