3 JUNE 2019
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Heathrow’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (the Heathrow ULEZ) has been announced and is to target older, more polluting passenger cars and private hire vehicles by 2022.
The Heathrow ULEZ will introduce minimum vehicle emissions standards identical to the London Mayor’s ULEZ for passenger cars and private hire vehicles entering car parks or drop-off areas at any of Heathrow’s terminals, 24hr a day, 7 days a week. The goal is to reduce congestion by encouraging more people to use sustainable ways of getting to and from the airport.
Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said: “Heathrow Expansion is not a choice between the economy and the environment – we must deliver for both. The announcement shows that we will take the tough decisions to ensure that the airport grows responsibly.”
Former London deputy mayor for transport and newly appointed chair of independent Heathrow Transport Area Forum, Val Shawcross, said: "This is a significant step change in Heathrow’s effort to clean up local ground level air pollution by shifting people into the cleanest modes of transport. I have never pulled my punches talking to the airport about local air quality and I look forward to continuing to hold Heathrow to account in my new independent role as chair of the Heathrow Area Transport Forum.”
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