Aberdeen low emission zones
Aberdeen City Council’s application to Transport Scotland’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ) support fund 2019/20 to continue with the process of determining the optimum fit for a LEZ in Aberdeen was successful. The city’s Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) has been identified as the area of most concern due to the volume of air quality exceedance compared to other regions throughout Aberdeen.
The council is currently engaging with stakeholders that are most likely to be impacted by the introduction of a LEZ, with full public and stakeholder engagement likely to take place early in 2020. The enforcement of a LEZ in Aberdeen is dependent on progress of the Transport (Scotland) Bill through Parliament, and following that, the preparation of the necessary regulations and guidance.
Glasgow became the first city in Scotland to begin operating a low emission zone at the end of 2018. Until 31 December 2022, it will only focus on local bus services but, after that date, the low emission scope coverage will extend to all vehicles. The Scottish Government has committed to introduce low emission zones by 2020 into Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen.
In January, a Friends of the Earth report revealed that Union Street, Wellington Road and King Street all rank among the most polluted in Scotland. It is understood that these are all under consideration for LEZ. However, the city council and Transport Scotland have already completed, or are finishing, major projects to remove the bottlenecks which cause the pollution – including the £25million Third Don Crossing, the £750million AWPR, the Haudagain bypass and Berryden Corridor.