City of London confirms plans for first low-emission street

City of London ULEV

The City of London Corporation has published plans for a pilot scheme that would allow only ultra-low emission vehicles on a prominent road within the Square Mile.

The scheme, which first came to light earlier this year, would be implemented on Moor Lane – a road which links Moorgate Station and the Barbican Centre.

The pilot scheme will see the road closed to all vehicles which emit more than 75g/km of carbon dioxide from the tailpipe – creating the City of London’s first low-emission street.

Two options for the ULEV pilot in the southern end of Moor Lane have been developed – and put out for consultation today (1 November).

Option one would introduce the measures 24 hours a day, seven days a week; while a second would only apply Monday to Friday from 7am-11pm.

The pilot, which will come into effect in April 2019, will be used to consider whether similar measures are suitable for other streets in the City of London.

Jeremy Simons, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Environment Committee, said:

“This trial is an important step towards cleaner air. We are determined to see a major improvement in the City’s air quality.

“It will deliver the results we need when considering radical targeted action to drastically reduce air pollution on our streets.

“Nobody should have to breathe in dirty air, and we will continue to take bold and ambitious steps to ensure that the health of Londoners is protected.”

To improve awareness of the pilot, the City Corporation has pledged to provide clear street signage, erected one month before the trial begins, alongside an information campaign.

For the first four weeks of the trial, those who drive through the ULEV-only zone with a non-compliant vehicle will be issued with a warning letter. Following this, Penalty Charge Notices will come into full effect.

Any funds generated through the scheme will be held in reserve and as required by legislation directed towards highway or road maintenance improvements.

01 November 2018