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Breathing easy in Gloucester as city air quality improves in lockdown

Published
23.07.2020

Levels of Nitrogen oxides (NOx), a vehicle pollutant known to exacerbate breathing problems such as asthma, have significantly reduced according to readings taken across the city.

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Air quality in Gloucester has improved hugely during Coronavirus lockdown, says Gloucester City Council.

While figures are yet to be verified and confirmed, initial readings show a reduction of Nitrogen oxides (NOx), a vehicle pollutant, by up to 45% in key areas such as Barton Street.

The trend is being seen across the UK and the globe as people travelled less during Covid-19 restrictions and when they did travel, many left their cars at home in favour of walking or cycling. It is assumed that other pollutants will have followed a similar trend.

Cllr Richard Cook, Cabinet Member for Environment and Leader of Gloucester City Council said: “We all knew that pollution levels were significantly reduced during lock down, and these figures provide the hard evidence and show by how much.

“Our challenge now is to work with our colleagues at Gloucestershire County Council to ensure that when the pandemic is over, the new normal includes a reduction in vehicle use and better air quality for all of us.”

Nitrogen oxides, particulates and other pollutants from vehicles are known to exacerbate health problems such as asthma and lung disease.


Sampling data and results 2020 to 2021

Location

5 Feb 2020 to 4 March 2020

Feb to March 1019

Change

Percentage change

35 Buscombe Gardens

25.65

30.04

-4.39

-14.61%

Elmbridge Road

23.59

26.03

-2.44

-9.37%

97 Painswick Road

24.00

M*

 

 

76 Painswick Road

28.63

40.32

-11.69

-28.99%

88 Painswick Road

35.46

44.84

-9.38

-20.92%

219A Barton Street (post)

31.61

39.30

-7.69

-19.57%

99 Barton Street

32.90

40.08

-7.18

-17.91%

124 Barton Street

44.90

52.36

-7.46

-14.25%

196 Barton Street (lamppost)

40.08

51.00

-10.92

-21.41%

240 Barton Street

22.32

41.20

-18.88

-45.83%

316 Barton Street

35.61

46.64

-11.03

-23.65%

79 Millbrook Street

29.71

37.56

-7.85

-20.90%

61 Barnwood Road

29.62

36.29

-6.67

-18.38%

53 Barnwood Road

31.71

43.52

-11.81

-27.14%

46 Priory Road

35.21

53.59

-18.38

-34.30%

56 Priory Road

38.70

54.30

-15.60

-28.73%

66 Priory Road

39.22

53.64

-14.42

-26.88%

16 London Road

42.51

46.26

-3.75

-8.11%

 

 

 

 

 

Average

32.86

43.35

-9.97

-22.41%

 

 

 

 

 

*M = Tube missing

 

 

 

 

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