The Anonymous Widower

PM Backs Clean Air Law

The title of this post is the front page headline on today’s copy of The Times.

This is the sub-heading of the article on The Times web site.

PM promises binding targets to reduce pollution and praises Times campaign

In a separate box in the paper, which is entitled Our Manifesto, this is said.

  • A new Clean Air Act to confer a legal right to unjpolluted air for everyone in the UK.
  • A ban on new diesel and petrol cars from 2030 and cuts to green car grants to be traversed.
  • Temporary traffic bans outside schools at drop-off and pick-up times.
  • The extension of pre-2016 diesel and pre-2006 petrol pay zones to more cities.
  • Pollution monitors in every postcode to empower people to take action.

How far will Boris Johnson go to meet the manifesto of The Times in the Queen’s Speech on Monday?

October 12, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,


  1. 25 yards?

    a) where is the money coming from to unpollute the air. And how clean is clean and how is he defining it – will it be the same everywhere?
    b) Unless electric cars come down in price compared to petrol and diesel, then the richer people will have them, but poorer people will be driving increasingly older more polluting until around 2050.
    c) The drivers of “Chelsea Tractors” won’t be voting in favour of the traffic bans around schools if means that they and their little darlings have to walk more than 10 years to the school gate.
    d) don’t know much about the pay zones, except Manchester voted against it. It will cause price rises though, if delivery vehicles are having to pay it.
    e) How is he going to pay for all those monitors, their repair when vandals smash them, and the general maintenance, reading of them and general related admin?

    As you can probably discern, I am not a fan of Boris.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | October 12, 2019 | Reply

    • I live on a road with three schools and parents are discouraged from taking children to school by car! They don’t seem to judging by the number who walk past my house in the morning and afternoon.

      Comment by AnonW | October 12, 2019 | Reply

    • The ideas were those proposed by The Times and they’ve been campaigning for clean air for about a year now!

      Comment by AnonW | October 12, 2019 | Reply

  2. And while Mayor of London Boris abolished WEZ to Congestion Zone, failed to introduce Low Emissions Zone and cancelled Tram projects like Cross River and West London Tram schemes and didn’t extend Croydon Tramlink as promised!

    As for electric cars well where does the electricity come from and how do you replace fuel duty revenues given electric for electric vehicles is not charged!

    Let’s see if vital projects like HS2 gets the go ahead as with HS2 many domestic flights could be replaced with train travel just like the TGV network has done in France.

    As the saying goes ” judge a person by what they do and not what they say !”

    Comment by Melvyn | October 12, 2019 | Reply

    • I would agree with a lot of what you say.

      But remember the manifesto is what The Times would do not Boris.

      I am currently looking at the implications of improving the Hertford Loop Line and maximising 140 mph running on the ECML. It could have interesting consequences for travel between London and Yorkshire and the North East. It appears Newcastle will be almost as quick via the ECML than by HS2 and Leeds.

      Comment by AnonW | October 12, 2019 | Reply

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