Clean air, water and shelter should be a right for all, wherever you live. In the UK, as in other countries, poor air quality is an urban problem. It disproportionately affects people living in inner cities, in densely populated housing close to the urban road network.
During the coronavirus lockdown there was a fall in UK traffic levels by around 75%, and a temporary improvement in air quality. But traffic soon increased as lockdown eased. Ironically, the pandemic forced Birmingham City Council to delay the introduction of its Clean Air Zone, which will not be launched now until summer 2021 at the earliest.
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