Mayor of London has revealed a plan to tackle pollution in the capital city. Sadiq Khan has announced September 22 as a car-free day. In the wake of the new development, 12.3 miles of roads around Tower Bridge and London Bridge will be shut down. Londoners will hence be compelled to walk or take the tube. According to reports, buses will run from London Bridge up to Bishopsgate.
The decision was taken in order to manage travel chaos and to ban Londoners from driving in the city centre for a day. The day will witness activities on cycle promotions in boroughs. The events will also urge citizens to take public transport. The mayor especially insisted on the participation of the boroughs in the event.
“I encourage as many Londoners as possible to join in the fun and see the city from a different perspective. Many of us need to use the car. But we need to make sure people realise the alternatives,” commented Sadiq Khan on the new development.
Opponents remarked the event as a mere ‘stunt’ and did not see it as an effective measure to tackle pollution. “Sadiq Khan is already doing his best to clog up London’s streets with the three year closure of Hammersmith Bridge and other pinch points. We all want to do more to help the environment, but closing the city down for the day isn’t the answer,” said Tory MP Greg Hands.
Keith Prince AM, GLA Conservative Transport Spokesman also added in wake of the announcement, “Londoners want cleaner air but car free days risk travel chaos if managed poorly while doing little to tackle air pollution. Instead of virtue signalling, the Mayor should focus on cleaning up TfL’s bus fleet quickly to improve air pollution on our streets.”