Council in £1m bid to tackle air pollution in Hammersmith

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is bidding for funds for a ground-breaking scheme to slash air pollution in a Hammersmith hot-spot. 

The £1million bid submitted to Transport for London would create a unique Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN) in the area underneath Hammersmith flyover, near the Eventim Apollo.

The scheme includes innovative ideas that demonstrate H&F’s commitment to become the greenest, most environmentally friendly council in the country. This includes support for people to make fewer polluting car journeys, with new electric vehicle charging points, more cycle storage and more greenery, along with a new station to monitor air quality.

“Air pollution is a killer and we are tackling it head-on,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.

“The LEN targets an area where pollution is particularly high and will foster a long-term change in the area’s air quality.

“This would help us in our aim to make it easier and safer to get around H&F without a car, or just to use one less.”

The project is the next step in the council’s campaign to driving down harmful emissions. This was underlined with the establishment last year of the resident-led Air Quality Commission and the launch of a new network of electric car charging points.

The bid also includes proposed improvements to the north-south cycle links through the town centre, linking the river with the commercial areas and the planned Cycle Superhighway 9 to the north of the flyover.

Funding from the project is from the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund, which supports schemes to improve air quality in the city over the next decade.

Two boroughs will be awarded £1m each to implement an LEN, with the winners announced in June. If successful, the council will match the £1m awarded to complete the project with money negotiated from local developers.

The project is part of a suite of plans to tackle air pollution in Hammersmith and reduce reliance on motor vehicles. 

Other schemes include new segregated cycle tracks across the north of the gyratory, green cycle tracks on Talgarth Road and the council’s continued ambition to sink the flyover into a tunnel.