Toxic Pollution Surpasses EU limits in Three London Areas


Toxic particle pollution has surpassed EU limits in three parts of London this year, according to scientists.

The PM10 levels, according to EU environmental policy, are not allowed to surpass 50 micrograms per cubic meter for more than 35 days per year.

However, there have been at least 38 daily breaches in 2016, according to monitors run by King’s College London.

The monitoring sites were in Drury Way close to IKEA in Brent, 37 Upper Thames Street in the City and 45 in Thessaly Road, Battersea.

UK Response

UK ministers have insisted that the UK is in fact complying to these restrictions, however these statements are now being doubted, especially since the Government has far fewer monitors set to follow up on these numbers than King’s College.

Simon Birkett, director of Clean Air in London, said: “These new figures show that local councils and the Government have taken their eye off the ball in terms of meeting legal limits for dangerous airborne particles. The huge increase in Battersea casts doubt on Wandsworth council’s ability to control large construction projects and the Government’s claims that the UK is complying with PM10 legal limits.”

PM10 pollutants are set to this limit, since they have a significant impact on public health. The particles are small enough to be inhaled into the lungs.

The particle pollutants come from many sources, including road traffic and building sites.

According to Wandsworth council, they had installed a monitoring station close to Battersea Park Road, to track the pollution levels from traffic, major infrastructure and development sites.

A spokesman said: “These PM10 levels are unacceptable, they must be brought down and we will work with Transport for London to ensure every project in this area suppresses fine particles at source and that best practice pollution control procedures are applied on every site.”