Edinburgh restates commitment to Low Emission Zone

Edinburgh’s Transport and Environment Convener has met with Transport Scotland, Scottish Government Ministers and representatives from Scotland’s largest cities to discuss the implementation of Low Emission Zones (LEZ) across the country.

This was the first meeting of the LEZ Leadership Group, held on Wednesday, which will oversee the development  of LEZs in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee by 2020.
 
In October, Glasgow was announced as the first city to introduce a LEZ, to be put in place by 2018. A public consultation by Transport Scotland, held between September and November this year, set out the proposed approach to designing and managing LEZs. 
 
Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “Yesterday’s meeting allowed us to focus our serious commitment to introducing a Low Emission Zone in Edinburgh, and I welcome the opportunity to meet and work with the other participants in the LEZ Leadership Group.
 
“We recognise the threat caused by poor air quality and have been working with the Scottish Government to investigate steps to address this. Here in Edinburgh we will play a vital part in delivering better air quality in Scotland through developing our own LEZ by 2020 and by working effectively with the other cities who are our partners in this initiative.
 
“A new LEZ will complement the work already being carried out to tackle air pollution through a range of projects, including actions to reduce congestion, the introduction of Air Quality Management Areas and investment in improved public transport, cycling infrastructure and active travel.”
 
Find out more about LEZ proposals on Transport Scotland’s website.
 

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