Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Consultation launched for Aberdeen low emission zone

Union Street. Picture by Darrell Benns
Union Street. Picture by Darrell Benns

Aberdeen City Council has opened a consultation on plans to create a low emission zone (LEZ) in the centre of the city.

The LEZ, similar to schemes already introduced in Glasgow and London, would restrict certain vehicles from entering roads in the heart of Aberdeen in an effort to improve air quality.

Monitoring locations in the city centre show that European and national objective limits on levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air are regularly exceeded, with Friends of the Earth Scotland research from the start of the year showing Union Street, Wellington Road and Market Street as the worst offenders.

LEZ schemes are also planned to be introduced in Edinburgh and Dundee, in accordance with the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government.

The plans in all three cities were put on hold in May, with Transport Secretary Michael Matheson saying: “The unprecedented impact of the Covid–19 outbreak has resulted in necessary changes to priorities across government and across our local authority partners.”

As a result, the initiative will not be put in place by the end of the year as originally planned, and feedback from the consultation is expected on January 4 next year.

Sandra Macdonald, Aberdeen City Council’s transport spokeswoman, said: “I would encourage all city centre users to have their say in the Low Emission Zone survey which goes live today and runs for four weeks.

“The purpose of the consultation is to help better understand the pros and cons of each of the options and how they will impact on residents and businesses.

“I hope that residents, community councils, bus operators, and local and national businesses all take the opportunity to respond.

“The results of the consultation exercise along with associated traffic modelling studies will be reported to elected members next year and it is hoped to then identify a preferred option and formally declare a LEZ in 2022, in line with the Scottish Government’s recently revised timescale for LEZ development.”

According to the council, one third of all vehicles passing through Aberdeen city centre last year would not be compliant to the LEZ criteria, meaning they would not be permitted to enter.

However, it is anticipated that the figure will be lower by the time the zone is enforced, as individuals and businesses buy newer, more environmentally friendly vehicles over time.

The consultation can be found here

Already a subscriber? Sign in