Traffic Clean Air Zone update (26th July 2019)

New technical data indicating how quickly two proposed options could reduce Bristol air pollution to legal levels has now been published. The new technical work indicates all areas of the city would meet legal levels by 2029 for Option 1 of the ongoing consultation and by 2028 for Option 2. The council is committed, and legally bound, to implement the option which reduces pollution within legal limits as soon as it can. Because of how close together these dates are, more technical modelling on each option is needed to reach a definitive view on which option would reach compliance in the shortest possible time.

Bristol City Council is currently consulting on two options to reduce air pollution within the central area of the city, where the levels of pollution, particularly nitrogen dioxide (NO2) are particularly high and exceed legal limits. Air pollution is a danger to health. Breathing dirty air can cause breathing problems such as asthma and heart

problems, leading to shortened lives. It’s a problem for everyone, whether you drive a car, cycle or walk. Poor air quality is caused by pollution from a range of sources, including cars and other vehicles. This is why these options tackle the number of polluting vehicles coming into central Bristol.

We would like to hear your views and invite you to have a look at the information and give us your feedback (not as a reply to this email please).

Or attend one of our drop-in sessions:

• Malcolm X Community Centre, 141 City Rd, St Pauls BS2 8YH, Tuesday 30 July, 2:30–7:30pm

• City Hall (Vestibule), Just off Park St towards main entrance, Tuesday 6 August, 2:30–6:30pm

A short summary of two options:

Option 1 Clean Air Zone (private cars not charged)

• A zone in which older, more polluting buses, coaches, taxis, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs, i.e. goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes) and light goods vehicles (LGVs, i.e. goods vehicles not exceeding 3.5 tonnes) would be charged. The following proposed charges would apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week and would be charged once in each 24 hour period: Taxis and LGVs would be charged £9, HGVs, coaches and buses £100.

Option 1 would also include:

• a 24 hour a day, seven days a week HGV weight restriction (for HGVs over 3.5 tonnes) on the worst polluted routes;

• All diesel car ban on Upper Maudlin Street and Park Row running from St James Barton roundabout to Park Street between 7am and 3pm, seven days a week (the ban would not apply to taxis, private hire or emergency vehicles);

• Bus and local traffic changes in the most polluting areas including an inbound bus lane on the M32, an inbound bus lane on Cumberland Road, and using existing traffic signals to control the amount of traffic entering congested areas with poor air quality;

• A scrappage scheme (up to £2,000) for private diesel cars. This would provide a grant towards a new vehicle or an alternative mode of transport (e.g. bus travel or purchasing a bike).

Option 2: Diesel car ban

Banning all diesel cars from driving in a specific central area (small zone) from 7am to 3pm, seven days a week (this would not apply to taxis/private hire or emergency services). Other measures, including a scrappage scheme, could also be included.

For more details about these options, and to let us know what you think go to:

In addition we would be grateful if you can help promote the consultation (now with information about compliance dates) through your networks if you feel that would be appropriate – we want as many people as possible to respond.  Do get in touch if you would like any materials, text or images for newsletters, social media etc to this end.


The Clean Air Zone team