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Pimlico Clean Air Petition

We're Calling For Action On Vauxhall Bridge Road Air Pollution

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London took just five days to breach its 2017 air pollution limit - and Westminster was recently named one of its worst three boroughs for killer pollution.

And within Westminster, one of the worst air pollution blackspots is Vauxhall Bridge Road.

Local residents have been telling us how air pollution from this busy road is affecting their lives on an almost daily basis. Vauxhall Bridge Road has exceptional levels of traffic, as it's part of the London ring road and a boundary to the congestion charge zone. It is also a high-density residential area where many vulnerable people live - including children and the elderly - and numerous schools are within half a mile of the road. Families live overlooking major areas of traffic congestion, while other local residents cross it regularly throughout the day to access shops, schools and local buses and Tubes.

The Pimlico & St James's Labour Action Team is calling on Mayor Sadiq Khan and Westminster City Council to put Vauxhall Bridge Road at the top of their air pollution hit lists. Please join us and sign the petition below.

Are you personally affected by the air pollution from Vauxhall Bridge Road?
Do you live in the area? Do your children go to a nearby school? If so, we want to hear your story. Please share your experience or views in the 'Comments' box below. 


PETITION: We call on the Mayor of London and Westminster City Council to acknowledge the air pollution and traffic congestion problems around Vauxhall Bridge Road - and ask them to put the road at the top of their pollution hit lists.

Total: 314 signatures

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Reactions

signed 2017-07-20 13:22:29 +0100
Congestion on Vauxhall Road has got so much worse since the introduction of the badly designed cycle lane – supposed to help improve air quality! There is a constant queue of traffic, with residents, pedestrians, bus passengers and drivers being disadvantaged, since its introduction. The subsequent queues mean drivers are irritated (noticeably more car horns) and try to find other routes in our quiet residential roads leading off. Quality of life is deteriorating for the whole area
signed 2017-06-12 16:32:04 +0100
Lily Ryan
signed 2017-06-05 16:19:34 +0100
signed 2017-06-02 17:18:38 +0100
signed 2017-05-23 15:33:51 +0100
(I have resolved the error in this version!): The increase in pollution is surely due to the increase in taxis parked in the waiting area on Vauxhall Bridge Road, snaking back from the junction with NEATHOUSE Place, which keep their engines running. (If you try to hail one, though, it will not actually leave the rank for you!) At many times of the day, the queue will back up along Upper Tachbrook Street, fumes belching away likewise. So most of the taxis are just using it as a rest area, which is unacceptable. The rooms of my flat facing towards Vauxhall Bridge Road (one block back) are covered with black dust – far thicker filth than 4 or 5 years ago and the increase in taxis is really the only thing that has changed about the traffic in that time. It is responsible for a toxic, tangible effect on residents, even those not directly facing the road. I think the fact that the taxis are not active, not even approachable (you would have to cross to the middle of the 4- lane road next to a junction to even speak to them), plus other taxis driving past will not stop for you as they gesture with bewilderment towards the queue, are all good reasons for taking measures to cut right back on them and improve air quality.
signed 2017-05-16 03:32:19 +0100
Since living in this area 15yrs i have developed asthma and it seems to get worse each year as the road gets busier and more polluted. Its not just the taxi’s though i agree with the previous comment completely theres also the traffic jams that lead fumes belching out through the rush hour. As i also live just 1 block back from Vauxhall Bridge Road i agree that not only is it noisy, smelly, with thick soupy air but it is also very dirty and dusty. The problem comes not just from the pollution but the constant building sites in the area (which i am a street away from) and as these buildings go up the air seems to get even worse as it seems to be even more stagnent as it cant escape all these high rise glass tower blocks going up. The proof that the pollution is the cause of my asthma comes from the fact i have never had an asthma attack anywhere else (outside of the area). Things also got much worse since the cycle lanes, i dont live anywhere near that part of the road and yet the knock on effect of removing those car lanes has led to traffic build up all through victoria. don’t get me wrong, i don’t drive and have no love for cars, in fact i think on the whole with public transport so readily available they should not be needed at all in central london. but neither am i in favour of the cycle lanes, yes the principle is great, but they were not thought out properly – laying them down haphazardly over main routes idealogically with no care for how the area would be effected. finally if i were a cyclist i would avoid them like the plague! oh yes take a nice cycle and breathe in these refreshing lung fulls of poison, its protracted suicide.
signed 2017-05-15 14:08:30 +0100
The increase in pollution is surely due to the increase in taxis parked in the waiting area on Vauxhall Bridge Road, snaking back from the junction with Bressenden Place, which keep their engines running. (If you try to hail one, though, it will not actually leave the rank for you!) At many times of the day, the queue will back up along Upper Tachbrook Street, fumes belching away likewise. So most of the taxis are just using it as a rest area, which is unacceptable. The rooms of my flat facing towards Vauxhall Bridge Road (one block back) are covered with black dust – far thicker filth than 4 or 5 years ago and the increase in taxis is really the only thing that has changed about the traffic in that time. It is responsible for a toxic, tangible effect on residents, even those not directly facing the road. I think the fact that the taxis are not active, not even approachable (you would have to cross to the middle of the 4- lane road next to a junction to even speak to them), plus other taxis driving past will not stop for you as they gesture with bewilderment towards the queue, are all good reasons for taking measures to cut right back on them and improve air quality.
signed 2017-05-09 15:49:17 +0100
signed 2017-05-08 23:16:39 +0100
signed 2017-05-05 10:38:26 +0100
Clean air is a crucial goal.
signed 2017-05-03 14:03:22 +0100
signed 2017-05-03 07:11:04 +0100
signed 2017-05-02 19:08:55 +0100
I work near Vauxhall bridge road – there is a lot of traffic queuing all day. My chest/breathing often feels tighter at the end of a working day – is this because of the pollution?
signed 2017-05-02 13:54:09 +0100
One reason for the high pollution on and around Vauxhall Bridge is that they have wrecked the entry to the bridge by failing to re-phase the lights correctly following the cycle lanes work last year. It’s especially bad at the now over-complicated Drummond Street double junction. There are extremely long waiting times to enter the short 100m stretch leading to the bridge heading south, controlled by multiple sets of traffic lights. The phase for pedestrians is far too long for the infrequent pedestrian traffic, and not well synched, with the result that buses, cars and trucks constantly block the box crossing, and not only at rush hours. In “the good old days” Westminster was good at phasing traffic based on proper professional traffic flow measurements. Either these weren’t undertaken or the lights phasing was deliberately set wrong! The result is much unnecessary engine running and pollution. And the ridiculous thing is: the volume of vehicle traffic on the bridge, because of the lane reduction, is actually less than before the cycle lanes!
signed 2017-05-02 08:35:51 +0100
signed 2017-05-02 00:02:28 +0100
signed 2017-05-01 11:58:42 +0100
signed 2017-05-01 11:16:28 +0100
A growing nightmare of dirty disgusting air as traffic basically park with their engines running at the Pimlico/VBRoad junction. Lots of vehicles jump the lights as well making the crossing even more dangerous for pedestrians, especially the elderly and disabled. I have already expressed my concerns about the hazardous crossing and the cycle lane and I thank you for taking this on board. Sadly the air and noise pollution are also part of this problem. I am sure there are clever clogs somewhere who can use joined up long-term thinking to remove the cycle lane from Vauxhall Bridge Road to Regency Street, widening the pavement in the process, also yellow boxing the junction again. I would also like to high fine those who jump the crossings on VB Road, paid to improve an ordinary person’s lot in Westminster and improve the buses and may be have a tram route as well. I don’t drive. I suffer from physical and mental health issues and serious limitations. Please help me not just cope but thrive.
signed 2017-04-30 12:15:04 +0100
The pollution caused by the ever increasing lines of cars on Vauxhall Bridge Road is causing us health problems. Its got worse since cycle lanes were introduced. Get Boris Johnson to come back and see the mess and chaos his ill thought out plans have caused for the local residents.
signed 2017-04-26 19:54:18 +0100
Nara Greenway I live in Anchor Court sheltered housing on Vauxhall Bridge Road. There are traffic lights and a bus stop right outside the building and traffic and buses queue up discharging fumes all day long which we breath in especially when we have our windows open.
signed 2017-04-24 17:03:54 +0100
signed 2017-04-22 12:19:54 +0100
I have lived in Pimlico my entire life. Over the last few years I have noticed that when I sleep with the windows open I always wake up with a soar throat and a headache. I wouldn’t have expected to suffer from pollution as an otherwise healthy 22 year old but it is a big problem. Buckingham Palace Road, Grosevnor Road, Vauxhall Bridge Road are all bad too especially on a bicycle. My eyes get quite soar.
signed 2017-04-20 14:29:38 +0100
signed 2017-04-16 22:27:30 +0100
signed 2017-04-07 20:53:05 +0100
signed via 2017-04-06 14:26:20 +0100
signed via 2017-04-06 11:34:38 +0100
signed 2017-04-06 10:41:59 +0100
signed 2017-04-04 09:22:03 +0100
buses park up outside the Apollo vauxhall bridge road engines running polluting the area.
signed 2017-04-01 15:23:59 +0100

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