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Taking steps towards cleaner air

SIGNIFICANT moves towards tackling air pollution in Bristol are under way - and research confirms that they can't come soon enough. A new electric vehicle charging hub opened in Eastville Park last month and Bristol City Council is pressing ahead with two schemes: a ban on all privately-owned diesel vehicles in an area around the Centre,

 

Broadmead, Redcliffe and the Harbourside between 7am and 3pm, seven days a week and a charge on more polluting commercial vehicles for an area parts of Easton, St Philip's, St Paul's and Montpelier. The RAC has warned that drivers seeking to avoid these zones could look for alternative routes, thus increasing congestion and exhaust fumes

 

in areas such as Fishponds. Residents also fear that the new McDonald's drive-through will add to air pollution. This comes as research reveals that children living near busy Bristol roads may have stunted lung growth because of air pollution, which is estimated to cause 47 to 61 early deaths a year in the east of the city.

You can read more on the charging hub here.

 

 

 

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