Improving air quality

As the highways authority for Cambridgeshire the council plays a crucial role in helping to achieve national air quality objectives, particularly as a major source of air pollution in the county is motor vehicle emissions.

Measures that can be used to improve air quality include:

  • road traffic regulations orders which can prohibit, restrict or regulate traffic or particular types of vehicle along a part of a road, a whole road or a number of roads
  • traffic management measures to improve travel behaviour by encouraging walking, cycling and use of public transport
  • working with bus companies to ensure improved bus emissions
  • producing residential, workplace and school travel plans

Role of the district councils

In Cambridgeshire the city and district councils are required to carry out regular reviews and assessments of air quality in their area against standards and objectives in regulations. If air quality is found to breach the regulations they must create an action plan to deal with this.

Information on air quality around the county can be found on the city and district council websites:

Further information on local air quality data including local Air Quality Status Reports, is available on the Cambridgeshire Insight website