On the announcement of Client Earth’s successful legal action against the UK Government, Xavier Brice, Chief Executive at Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity said:
“Sustrans welcomes the verdict of the judge. We agree that the Government needs to show far greater leadership and urgency in bringing air pollution in the UK within legal limits.
“Reducing levels of motor traffic on the roads by providing high quality facilities for walking and cycling is one of the best ways to tackle the UK’s air pollution crisis. Our research shows that investment in dedicated cycling and walking infrastructure can prevent thousands of premature deaths from dirty air alone and save the economy millions through reduced healthcare costs.
“We’re calling on the UK Government to support all local authorities currently breaking air pollution limits in putting the infrastructure in place to reduce motor vehicle use and create safe routes and spaces for people to get around by bike and on foot.”