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London to expand air quality monitoring network tenfold

New air quality sensor technology is to go on trial in London, increasing its monitoring network from over 100 to up to 1,000 stationary ‎monitoring sites.

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The technology will expand the air quality monitoring network from over 100 sites up to 1,000.

Expected to start next year, the trial will see the £750,000 technology used to analyse harmful pollution in pollution spots across the city including near schools, hospitals, construction sites and busy roads. ‎

The pilot project – being run by the city as part of the its participation in the C40 Climate Leadership Group global alliance on climate change – could also deploy mobile monitoring devices, potentially making data available from hundreds of thousands of locations across the city.

The results will be used to identify which areas need further urgent targeted measures to lower pollution levels – this could include pedestrianising roads around schools, encouraging more walking and cycling, and traffic restrictions.

The research could also see the trial rolled out in other cities, including Bengaluru and Delhi in India.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.