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Smog village: Air quality dangerously poor in Broughton

Posted on - 4th November, 2014 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, News, Preston Council, Roads, Transport
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Traffic through the centre of Broughton is causing poor air quality

Broughton village is being choked by traffic fumes according to a new report.

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Environmental officers at Preston City Council have been monitoring a section of Garstang Road, the A6, through the village.

It shows stretches of the road have nearly twice the annual limit of dangerous fumes from vehicles being emitted.

Specialist air quality filters were installed near to the junction with Whittingham and Woodplumpton Lane during July 2012. It monitored fumes from traffic coming through the section of the A6.

The data showed the amount of heavy-goods traffic through the village was causing major harm to the air quality.

An air quality action plan, submitted to the city council’s cabinet, outlines the importance of the Broughton Bypass being completed.

It states: “One action in particular, the construction of the Broughton Bypass, was modelled and if implemented would reduce the Nitrogen Dioxide levels below the annual and hourly national air quality objectives.”

The report also considers spending up to £10,000 on encouraging residents living in the centre of Broughton to avoid walking or cycling in the area during peak times.

The city council’s cabinet is due to meet on Wednesday 5 November from 6pm and will consider the report.

Do you live in Broughton? What’s your reaction to the report? Let us know in the comments below

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