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Public invited to shape the cleaner air agenda

"The Citizens’ Assembly is a real opportunity for members of the public to shape the debate and be directly involved in deciding how best we can reduce our impact on the environment and tackle climate change,” said Transport Committee chair Lilian Greenwood.

News of the Assembly came last Thursday which was designated Clean Air Day 2019. A report published that day found that over half of Londoners feel their health has been made worse by air pollution. The research by London Councils also revealed that eight in 10 people in the capital say tackling poor air should be a priority.

It has also been announced that London will host a car free day on Sunday 22 September, with over 20km of roads closing to motorised traffic around Tower Bridge, London Bridge and the City.

On the railways, Birmingham University and rolling stock leasing company Porterbrook have announced trials of the UK’s first hydrogen train that may run on conventional electrified routes.

And on the buses, operator First has announced it will introduce 77 bio-methane buses to the streets of Bristol over the coming months, cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80% and reducing nitrogen oxides by 95%.

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