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 consulted on two Clean Air Zone options in July and August 2019.

• 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).

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

Find out more:

Air quality report 2019

The 2019 air quality annual status report (pdf, 4MB) 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