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Air quality action plan consultation

Consultation runs from 21 June 2018, 9:00am to 18 September 2018, 5:00pm

Introduction and background

Air quality in central Cambridge is not as good as it should be. The city is not compliant with EU limit values or UK national air quality objectives for nitrogen dioxide in the city centre and on busy roads – although it is improving slowly.

Our new Air Quality Action Plan was approved unanimously at Environment Scrutiny Committee on 13 March 2018.

This plan sets out our priorities for the next five years, for improving areas of poor air quality and maintaining areas of good air quality as Cambridge continues to grow.

The plan's proposed actions fall into three main categories:

  • Reducing local traffic emissions as quickly as possible
  • Maintaining levels of pollutants below national objectives
  • Protecting public health by improving air quality in the future

Consultation information

We want to know what you think of the action plan. We are confident that it will improve air quality – but does it go too far? Does it go far enough? How could it be improved? What actions could we include in the future?

Complete our survey to tell us your thoughts and ideas:

Air quality action plan survey


If you have any questions about this consultation, contact Environmental Quality and Growth team at or 01223 457900.

Post any correspondence to Environmental Quality and Growth team, Cambridge City Council, PO Box 700, Cambridge CB1 0JH.

Next steps

We'll consider all responses and act on them where possible.

Any substantial changes will require a return to Environment Scrutiny Committee for approval. Any minor amendments will be noted in an amendment sheet and published on the website.

The plan itself will be revised annually as new information is produced and as new funding opportunities become available.