The City of London Corporation has announced plans for a pilot scheme limiting access to the south section of Moor Lane, near Moorgate, to ultra-low emission vehicles.
The trial, which is out for public consultation today, will create the City of London’s first low emission street. The pilot is part of the City Corporation’s Low Emission Neighbourhood project, which it jointly funds with the Mayor of London. The pilot will close the road to all vehicles which are not Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) compliant. Access for drivers of non-compliant ULEV vehicles to the rest of Moor Lane will still be available from the north side.
The City Corporation is encouraging the uptake of fully electric and compliant hybrid vehicles to improve air quality in the Square Mile. It will use the pilot to consider whether similar measures are suitable for other streets in the City of London.
Following the consultation, the City Corporation aims to deliver the trial by April 2019.
Two options for a ULEV pilot in the southern end of Moor Lane have been developed for consultation. Option 1 would introduce the measures 24 hrs a day and seven days a week. Option 2 would apply Monday to Friday from 7am-11pm.
Jeremy Simons, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Environment Committee, said:
“This trial is an important step towards cleaner air. We are determined to see a major improvement in the City’s air quality. “It will deliver the results we need when considering radical targeted action to drastically reduce air pollution on our streets. “Nobody should have to breathe in dirty air, and we will continue to take bold and ambitious steps to ensure that the health of Londoners is protected.”