According to a new study
London is among the least eco-friendly cities in the UK when it comes to motoring according to a new study.
The research, undertaken by Kenway Miller Solicitors, found that the capital came second to bottom of the pile, with only Birmingham coming off worse.
The city’s air pollution was the largest with 14.1 particulates per metre cubed, while, naturally it was one of the most congested with only Edinburgh on a par and Belfast surpassing that.
Taking into account air pollution, percentage of deaths attributed to air pollution, traffic congestion and electric charging outlets, the city ranked poorly on every category. Interestingly however, there are fewer cars per person in London than anywhere else with just one car for every four people.
Matthew Miller, Director of Kenway Miller Solicitors said, “While getting around in our cars is a necessity for most of us, it seems every city could be doing more to reduce its carbon footprint.”
London is promoting driving electric. There are 1,165 charging points in the city – the second highest behind Brighton (1,332) – but that still only equates to one charge point per 8,401 people.
“A whopping eight per cent of deaths can be attributed to air pollution in our capital, and while vehicles don’t contribute wholly to that, we can look at making things such as electric cars more accessible.”
The North fared particularly well; Newcastle and Edinburgh were the least polluted cities, with the former also one of the least congested.