High Court pollution ruling strengthens the case against a third Heathrow runway

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting the today’s High Court ruling that the Government’s plan to tackle the UK’s air pollution is illegal - the second time in 18 months that the Government have lost in court on this issue - said:

“The Government is clearly failing to cut illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide in the ‘shortest possible time’.

“Just a week after the Government published its foolish proposals to support a third Heathrow runway, which will lead to even more air pollution, it has been exposed as failing to tackle even existing levels of air pollution.”

“It is time we adopted far more ambitious policies to reduce diesel vehicles in London. A third Heathrow runway or a Silvertown road tunnel are the very last policies needed if we are to clean up London's air".