Main Street is one of the most polluted
Cambuslang only just below city road levels
Cambuslang Main Street has been named one of the most polluted streets in Scotland.
Figures released by Friends of the Earth Scotland recorded 45 microgrammes per cubic metre of nitrogen dioxide in 2016, well above the European Ambient Air Quality Directive of 40.
Only busy roads in Scotland’s four largest cities recorded higher levels than Cambuslang.
However, Rutherglen Main Street has dropped off the list of streets recording higher than approved levels of particulate matter for the first time in three years.
The figures relate to the period January to September last year. It is the first time pollution at Cambuslang Main Street has been recorded this way.
Speaking about the Cambuslang figure, Emilia Hanna, Friends of the Earth campaigner, said: “This shows pollution is not just for big cities, it affects everywhere.
“This is a public health crisis, we want to name it as that.”
Cha i r o f Cambuslang Community Council, David Thompson said he was “appalled” at the report.
He added: “The last Cambuslang Community Survey showed that local people are very unhappy at increasing traffic congestion in the town centre, and now we learn that there are major health risks with unsafe and illegal levels of toxic pollution.
“It appears that Cambuslang Main Street is the only suburban area in the FoE list - which is an indictment of traffic policies for the town.
“There is a need for urgent action by South Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Government, and we expect them to bring forward plans, in consultation with the community, on how they propose to bring down pollution levels in Cambuslang as soon as possible.”
Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey said the Scottish Government had set stringent air quality targets and would support the uptake of low emission vehicles and provide grant funding for air quality action plans.
She added: “There have been significant reductions in pollution emissions in recent decades through tighter industrial regulation, improved fuel quality, cleaner vehicles and an increased focus on sustainable transport.”
However, Glasgow MSP James Kelly said more focus on public transport was needed: “The SNP have failed to regulate bus travel, meaning companies can charge whatever fares they like. Combined with the shambles that is ScotRail, it’s no wonder cars continue to pollute our busy streets.”
Breathless Cambuslang Main Street has been named as one of the most polluted streets in Scotland