Busy London road will become the UK's first 24-hour emission-free street

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Busy London road will become the UK's first 24-hour emission-free street when transport bosses start fining petrol and diesel cars GBP130 for driving down it next year

  • Motorists in petrol or diesel cars to be fined GBP130 for driving in Beech Street 
  • From spring 2020 area under Barbican Estate to be designated emission-free
  • The route will be restricted to zero-emissions vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians 

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The UK is set to get its first ever 24-hour zero-emission street.

Transport chiefs in the City of London[1] have backed plans to fine drivers of petrol and diesel cars GBP130 - although this could be reduced to GBP65 if paid within two weeks.

The rules will be enforced on a 350-metre (383 yards) stretch of Beech Street - much of which runs under the Barbican Estate, pending approval by Transport for London.

Beech Street in London is pictured above. Transport chiefs in the City of London have backed plans to fine drivers of petrol and diesel cars GBP130 - although this could be reduced to GBP65 if paid within two weeks

The route will be restricted to zero-emissions vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

If successful, the 18-month trial, organised by the City of London Corporation and set to be imposed next spring, could become permanent. 

The scheme aims to bring nitrogen dioxide levels in line with guidelines from the European Union and the World Health Organisation. 

Air pollution, including vehicle emissions, is estimated to cause at least 40,000 deaths in the UK each year.

Earlier this year, Hackney and Islington councils banned petrol and diesel cars on some roads.

But rules are only in place from 7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm.

Busy London road will become the UK's first 24-hour emission-free street

The rules will be enforced on a 350-metre (383 yards) stretch of Beech Street - much of which runs under the Barbican Estate, pending approval by Transport for London [File photo]

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References

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