Pollution: London flags street bans petrol, diesel cars as trials set to begin next year

Buses are pictured on London Bridge in central London on November 29, 2019, after reports of shots being fired. – London Bridge across the River Thames in the centre of the British capital was shut down on Friday, after several people were injured and a man was held following a stabbing.

A bid to reduce pollution in its environs has made local authorities in central London to ban Petrol and diesel vehicles from operating on its.

PUNCH reported that Officials said Beech Street, which runs underneath the Brutalist designed Barbican Estate, would become Britain’s first “24-7 zero emission street”.

It announced an 18-month trial starting next year, which will restrict transportation to electric or hybrid vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, the City of London Corporation announced on Monday.

However, access will be given for refuse collection and deliveries, for those using car parks off the street and emergency vehicles.

“Drastically reducing air pollution requires radical actions, and these plans will help us eliminate toxic air on our streets,” said the chairman of the corporation’s environment committee, Jeremy Simon.

Officials told AFP they expected a reduction of 90 to 95 percent in traffic on Beech Street, and an improvement in air quality around the immediate area, which includes two schools.

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