Air quality public consultation findings 2019
Councils in Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside have been consulting people on proposals for improving air quality.
The three councils were given a legal order by the government demanding that they identify measures to tackle pollution in certain locations, including parts of the A167 Central Motorway and Tyne Bridge and a section of the A1058 Coast Road.
The order stated that councils must put measures in place by 2021 and that the measures must bring excessive levels of nitrogen dioxide to within legal limits as quickly as possible.
Councils were told they must consider a charging Clean Air Zone and that any alternative options had to be at least as effective in tackling the problem.
As well as a potential charging Clean Air Zone, the Tyneside councils also consulted people on alternative proposals for a Low Emission Zone with tolls on the city centre road bridges.
The consultation took place between 6 March 2019 and 19 May 2019 and it attracted over 20,000 responses from individuals, businesses, community groups and voluntary organisations.
The findings have been independently analysed.
If you would like to know more about the results of the consultation you can download the full independent report below.
A summary of the findings is also available.
You can also read the full details of the measures that were consulted on.
Councils are continuing to develop and reshape the proposals in response to the consultation findings.
Final proposals, which must be submitted to government in November, will be announced later in the year. They will take into account the views council have received along with the latest modelling data, which is currently being gathered and is used to assess the impact measures would have on air quality and traffic movements.