‘Very High’ air pollution forecast by Met Office

thick airKings Cross has relatively bad air: it’s a huge transport hub with very high levels of car, taxi, bus, lorry and diesel train movements.  I lived in the gyratory for a while and the pollution was ghastly.   But it looks like things could be even worse than normal over the next few days as the Met Office forecasts ’10/10 Very High’ air pollution for London as a whole.  It’s a combination of a winter high pressure trapping London”s smog, which is added to by a light Easterly wind that is bringing extra pollution from continental Europe.

The Met Office says:

Adults and children with lung problems, adults with heart problems, and older people, should avoid strenuous physical activity. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often.’

A few points worth bearing in mind:

a really great sunset in London often enhanced by pollution particles glowing red

the nice hazy look in the morning is probably chemical smog

if your allergies are playing up it might not just be Spring pollen but pollution particles

According to the Mayor’s office air pollution incidents have caused hundreds of hospital admissions in London.

If you want to know more check out Simon Birkett’s excellent campaign – Clean Air in London or follow them on Twitter – @cleanairlondon

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust and Tinder Foundation.
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3 Responses to ‘Very High’ air pollution forecast by Met Office

  1. zannthie says:

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Although greatly distressing, it is important to learn about these health hazards and to act accordingly, where possible. I hope that once we have the Neighbourhood Forum for Kings Cross safely in place that just this sort of information will help to inform our Plan, thereby shaping planning policy in the area.
    In the meantime, many folk, including those who continue driving their car through our town three-quarters empty, will suffer the medical implications of air pollution in Central London. Lets restore trams and run electric taxis!

  2. zannthie says:

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Although greatly distressing, it is important to learn about these health hazards and to act accordingly, where possible. I hope that once we have the Neighbourhood Forum for Kings Cross safely in place that just this sort of information will help to inform the KX Neighbourhood Plan, thereby shaping planning policy in the area.
    In the meantime, many folk, including those who continue driving their car through our town three-quarters empty, will suffer the medical implications of air pollution in Central London. Lets restore trams and run electric taxis!

  3. Albert Beale says:

    From: Albert Beale, 5 Cally Road

    This news is all the more reason to make London safe for cycling, and to rid the streets of most private cars.

    And although the infrastructure timescale and capital cost for trams might mean they couldn’t be introduced quickly, surely a quicker and cheaper option would be to reintroduce trolleybuses – they could be based on the new “Boris buses”, which are already powered by electric motors (and, incidentally, are pleasantly reminiscent of the design of the old trolleybuses!)

    And of course the open back hop-on-hop-off buses save people journey time (including people who don’t get on or off other than at bus stops, because the buses complete their journeys more quickly [on account of those of us who do hop on and off elsewhere]). And because open back buses complete the journey more quickly, they can carry more passengers on a route for a given number of vehicles – meaning that even while they’re hybrid (ie use some fuel whilst on the roads), they’re already more efficient pollution-wise than exactly the same bus would be without the hop-on-hop-off facility.

    Cheers – and thanks for the useful website as always

    Albert

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