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23rd March 2017 - ‘More needs to be done about ‘disgraceful’ road pollution’ says Islwyn MP

‘More needs to be done about ‘disgraceful’ road pollution’ says Islwyn MPIslwyn MP Chris Evans has said the government must do more to tackle road pollution after asking the Prime Minister whether she will commit to ensure hauliers use less polluting vehicles.

Mr Evans said it was a ‘disgrace’ that a road in Hafodyrynys, near Crumlin in his constituency, has been named the UK’s worst polluted road outside London. The road was recently featured as part of the BBC’s Week In, Week Out series.

According to the Royal College of Physicians, air and road pollution brought about mainly by diesel engines causes as many as 40,000 early deaths across the UK. It also contributes towards other health conditions including bronchitis and asthma.

Mr Evans said: ‘Hafodyrynys road, which is in my constituency, is the most polluted road in the United Kingdom outside London. It is an absolute disgrace.

‘Most of the pollution is caused by heavy goods vehicles such as lorries and trucks, which travel along the road spewing out noxious gases on residents.

‘Will the Prime Minister commit herself to ensuring that hauliers will start using newer diesel engines, cleaner technology and cleaner energy, so that everyone, including young people, can enjoy a better quality of life, especially on Hafodyrynys Road?’

The Prime Minister responded: ‘We all recognise the problems relating to air quality. The Government will present further proposals, but some changes have already taken place.

‘We have invested in green transport initiatives, and plans to introduce clean zones around the country will help to tackle the problem. In fact, we have been at the forefront of action in Europe in dealing with some aspects of it.

‘However, I accept that there is more to be done, and, as I have said, we will present further proposals in due course.’

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