Air Pollution On Brentford High Street 'Exceeds EU Limits'

Local investigation shows high points at junctions and beside buses


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A local investigation into air pollution on Brentford High St and along the Great West Road has found it exceeds EU limits at several locations. At one point the limits were six times higher than permitted by the European Union, according to the report.

Two UCL scientists, Louise Francis and Rebecca Payne drove along Brentford High St Road with a handheld monitor on October 29th. At one point, at Chiswick roundabout while their car was beside a bus, the monitor registered 161 particulates- the legal EU limit is 25.

The EU limit was exceeded several times during their journey, notably at junctions and while beside buses. Ms. Francis commented that this was potentially dangerous to anyone cycling, waiting with a pushchair to cross the road, sitting at a pavement cafe, or at a bus stop.

The survey was carried out at a time of quiet traffic, and the figures would have been worse at rush hour they said.

The investigation was carried out by Brentford TV.

November 4, 2015

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