The European Commission is taking court action against the UK Government over its 'failure' to reduce air pollution to below the legal targets it agreed to.

The Government has admitted that London is unlikely to meet the limit values set for 2010, until 2025.

All of Camden’s main roads break the European legal limits for NO2 air pollution, along with the City of London and Kensington and Chelsea. Some 78% of London’s main road network is over the legal limit for NO2.

The news has prompted condemnation of London Mayor Boris Johnson by the Green Party.

Jenny Jones, Green Party London Assembly member
Jenny Jones, Green Party London Assembly member
 

Green Party London Assembly member, Jenny Jones said: "The failure of the Mayor and the Government to deal with this major public health crisis is scandalous.

"Air pollution contributes to an estimated 4,200 premature deaths in London, with under-developed children’s lungs, a link with heart attacks and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have said it causes cancer. Politicians at all levels of government have paid lip service to reducing pollution, but none have actually made the big changes we need."

She said the court action by the European Commission should be seen as a "wakeup call" for the Coalition Government and the Mayor, adding: "They promised to reduce air pollution and protect people’s health. You can’t build new roads and expand airports like Heathrow, while saying that you are doing all you can to reduce premature deaths from air pollution.

"You need to ban all the worst dirty vehicles from London, reduce traffic and make the switch to low emission vehicles."