Build Scotland Construction Directory
Time and date
Share this page
Construction News

Low Emission Zone Proposed In City Of Edinburgh

Construction News Image
The City of Edinburgh Council has launched a consultation on proposals for the introduction of a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) to reduce pollution from traffic.

It is estimated that around 80% of nitrogen oxide (NOx) concentrations are directly attributed to traffic emissions. Pollutants caused by vehicle emissions are largely invisible, but these gases and particulates can be hazardous to human health.

Edinburgh has a number of Air Quality Management Areas due to traffic related air pollution. The proposals include a LEZ which applies both to the city centre for all vehicles, and city wide for only commercial vehicles (buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles, light goods vehicles, vans, taxis, and private hire cars).

East Lothian Council spokesperson for Environment, Cllr Norman Hampshire, said: "Whilst these proposals are within Edinburgh it's important that East Lothian residents and businesses who regularly travel into the city are aware of the consultation currently open and put forward their views. Whether you commute by public transport to and from Edinburgh, or are a taxi or delivery business travelling daily into the city, your views on the proposals will greatly help form future transportation policy.


"Air pollution is not restricted to council boundaries and East Lothian Council has put in place a number of initiatives to tackle vehicle related pollution. Within Musselburgh town centre an Air Quality Management Area was declared from the High Street at Newbigging westwards towards Bridge Street and Mall Avenue. Regular monitoring of pollution levels has provided invaluable data of both the type of emissions and the sources.

"Working in partnership with other local authorities, Scottish Government and a range of public and private agencies, East Lothian Council is working to actively reduce air pollutants resulting from traffic emissions. The introduction of cleaner engines by local bus companies and the expansion of electric vehicle charging points across the county is beginning to show some positive results but it's recognised much more requires to be done."

Edinburgh's LEZ will be one of four in Scotland as part of the Scottish Government's national Low Emission Zones programme, alongside Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee. LEZs reduce pollution caused by vehicles by restricting access for polluting vehicles that fail to meet minimum emission standards (which are set nationally).

In line with Scottish Government Commitments, Edinburgh is planning for its LEZ scheme to be in place at the end of 2020. Owners of the different types of vehicles will have a grace period before enforcement starts. This is to allow owners time to make suitable alternative arrangements.

There is a growing body of scientific evidence that has established links between air pollution with ill health. Reducing pollution will help improve the health and wellbeing of people who live, work or visit the city, particularly those vulnerable to pollution such as children, older people and those with health conditions.

To inform how City of Edinburgh Council will implement the proposed LEZ in Edinburgh, the public consultation is seeking views on key aspects including: the proposed boundaries, the types of vehicles affected, grace periods (how long different vehicle types should have to comply), and wider views on how the LEZ might impact upon your transport choices.

The consultation is available on City of Edinburgh Council's website. The consultation closes on Sunday 21 July.

Latest Construction News


SP Energy Networks (SPEN) have submitted their business plan outlining the critical role that the transmission system in central and southern Scotland will play in achieving Government's net zero carbon targets and supporting our future networks vision. The RIIOT2 Business Plan sets out investments

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has announced the full programme for their 2020 Chairs' Conference. The conference will start with a session that looks at lessons learned so far from annual assurance statements and the new Regulatory Framework. Delegates will hear from Alex

Maxi Construction have sent their "team of Elves" to deliver a haul of food, toiletries and toys to Trussell Trust distribution centres across West Lothian and Edinburgh. The company has been collecting donations from staff and supply chain members at our Head Office in Livingston and 8 of our site

Innovative landslip mitigation measures installed next to the A83 near Glen Kinglas have been successful in preventing a 300-tonne landslide from reaching the roadside, BEAR Scotland has reported. The landslip was blocked from reaching the carriageway thanks to specially designed rock-bunds, which

Scotland has joined a coalition of countries, cities and companies working towards net-zero transport ahead of the 2050 Paris Agreement target. Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham signed the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (TDA) Charter at the COP25 (Conference of the Parties) UN Climat

SSE has welcomed the publication of the Green Deal Communication by the European Commission, which outlines the Commission's ambitions for energy and climate policy over the course of the next presidency. Responding to the publication, SSE wrote on their website: "The publication sets out 50 clea

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has announced a collaboration with ITN Productions on a new news-style programme to raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges faced by the housing sector. Stating that housing is fundamental to everyone's lives, the programme, The Future of Housing

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has announced that next year's Development and Procurement Conferences will take place on 17 and 18 March 2020 at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. The SFHA have urged interested participants to save the dates and secure attendance at the housing sec

The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) has launched their new Future Skills Strategy, which is aims to boost innovation for the next generation in the construction industry The Future Skills Strategy will accommodate a range of interactive courses and activities which will help to widen

Community ownership continues to increase across Scotland, according to the latest report from the Chief Statistician. The publication presents the number of assets in community ownership, the number of community groups that own assets and the total area of assets in community ownership. The publi
JSJ Foam Insulation LtdClarus Site SolutionsArtisan Rooftech LimitedMorris & Spottiswood LtdScot Hoist LtdSibbald Training LtdMactint Stonework and Brickwork LimitedEnercareAlternative Tying Systems LtdMartin Property Care Limited
Terms and Conditions