Re­mov­ing speed bumps to cut pol­lu­tion a safety risk, MPS warned

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Jack Maid­ment

ROAD safety cam­paign­ers have urged min­is­ters to re­think their plans to re­move speed bumps to im­prove air qual­ity, claim­ing the idea is “daft and ir­re­spon­si­ble”.

The Gov­ern­ment’s newly pub­lished strat­egy to re­duce air pol­lu­tion ad­vises coun­cils to change road lay­outs and get rid of street fur­ni­ture to cut down on harm­ful emis­sions.

Min­is­ters have in­sisted that road safety must not be com­pro­mised by any changes, but that has not re­as­sured cam­paign­ers, who also claim that rip­ping up speed bumps would ac­tu­ally lead to an in­crease in pol­lu­tion. They ar­gue that re­mov­ing them would make roads less safe, caus­ing fewer chil­dren to walk or cy­cle to school and lead­ing to more pol­lut­ing cars on the road.

Liv­ing Streets, a road safety cam­paign group, has writ­ten to Michael Gove, the en­vi­ron­ment sec­re­tary, urg­ing him to re­think the pro­posal. Rachel May­cock, a group spokesman, told BBC News: “This idea is com­pletely daft and ir­re­spon­si­ble. Of course we all worry about the air our chil­dren breathe – but we also worry about reck­less driv­ers go­ing far too fast.”

The Gov­ern­ment’s new air qual­ity strat­egy in­cludes pro­pos­als for a Clean Air Fund which will en­able coun­cils to bid for fund­ing to change road lay­outs to cut con­ges­tion and re­duce pol­lu­tion.

A Gov­ern­ment spokesman said: “Re­duc­ing road­side pol­lu­tion is a pri­or­ity for this Gov­ern­ment.”

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