Highways England defends clean air investment

The government has defended its spending record on air quality in the wake of criticism from a network of local government leaders.

The UK100 Clean Energy Cities Network sent a letter to Highways England and the Department for Transport (DfT) last week claiming that just £2.82m of the £100m of designated funding allocated in 2015 to tackle air pollution from transport had been spent.

The group said this illustrated that the departments had not given “sufficient focus and urgency” to the issue of air pollution.

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