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TfL uses dust suppressant to clean London air

By: Elizabeth Smythe
24 August 2011

Use of a dust suppressant will be expanded by Transport for London (TfL), in order to make improvements to London's air quality, writes Environmental Technology.

A pilot scheme has been running since November last year along Victoria Embankment and Marylebone Road, which was a success. Now, TfL wants to roll out the technology across the capital, under the 'No Idling Campaign' banner. They believe it could slash air pollution by up to 20 per cent.

The technology effectively sucks the particles out of the air and sticks them to the road, those with driving work in London might be pleased to learn. The £5 million scheme will be paid for from funds set aside for the Clean Air Fund.

Other measures suggested as part of the 'No Idling' campaign include working with taxi drivers at taxi ranks and a "greening programme" to trap pollution along The Thames, according to

The UK is obliged to cut "particle matter pollution" by a third over the next four years or will have to face "hefty EU fines."

Commenting on the measures, the mayor's environmental director, Kulveer Ranger, said: "A comprehensive package of clean-up measures including innovative technology is now being targeted where most needed in Central London."

While a good start, industry experts are not convinced the measure is enough. James Grugeon of Environmental Protection UK called the initiative: "experimental at best" but called for the government "to think long term when attempting to curb carbon emissions."

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