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.
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.