No breaches yet in London air quality, setting new record for capital

London has not yet exceeded the hourly limit on nitrogen dioxide, a clear sign that efforts to cut pollution are working

Number 43 bus on Putney high street. Photograph: Au Morandarte/Wikimedia Commons
The low emission bus zone has transformed Putney High Street and other London pollution hotspots. Photograph: Au Morandarte/Wikimedia Commons

London has had its longest period in a decade without breaching an EU air quality limit.

By mid-January, at least one monitoring station within the capital would normally have exceeded the 18-hour annual limit on concentrations of nitrogen dioxide exceeding 200 micrograms per cubic metre. The quickest failure was by 9pm on 2 January 2015 at the Oxford Street monitoring station in Westminster three years ago.

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