Greener Journeys responds to IPPR report on air quality in London

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IPPR has today [2 November] published a report calling for cross-party support for a new plan to bring London’s pollution down to legal levels.

Commenting on the report, Lethal and Illegal: Solving London’s Air Pollution Crisis, Claire Haigh, Chief Executive of Greener Journeys said:

“Air quality is one of the biggest issues facing the capital and Greener Journeys welcome these proposals from IPPR. If the Government is to have any chance of reaching its emissions targets, it must introduce new measures to make it more expensive and less convenient to drive.

“However, this new report overlooks the importance of modal shift and the vital role that buses can play in easing congestion and ultimately improving air quality. One full double decker bus can take 75 cars off the road, and if everyone switched just one car journey a month to a bus or coach, it would mean a billion fewer car journeys and a saving of 2 million tonnes of CO2 every year.

“Penalising the drivers of the dirtiest cars is not enough. If the Government is serious about making a cleaner and greener society, it must make bus travel an attractive option for passengers and this requires investment in bus infrastructure.”

Notes to editors

For further information:

Greener Journeys Press Office
press@greenerjourneys.com or +44 (0)20 3128 8555

For a copy of the report please contact greenerjourneys@mhpc.com

About Greener Journeys

Greener Journeys is a campaign dedicated to encouraging people to make more sustainable travel choices. It is a coalition of the UK’s leading public transport organizations, user groups and supporters.  It aims to reduce CO2 emissions from transport by encouraging people to switch some of their car journeys to bus or coach instead. Switching from car to bus for just one journey a month would mean one billion fewer car journeys on our roads and would save 2 million tonnes of CO2 every year.  For more information visit www.greenerjourneys.com

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