Why we need to act

Poor air quality is a national public health crisis, linked to around 40,000 early deaths every year in the UK, including an estimated 360 in Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside.

It’s an issue that we can all help to address and your feedback from the earlier consultation showed that many people are already taking action or would be prepared to do so.

There are many different causes of pollution but traffic is one of the main contributing factors.

Nitrogen dioxide and tiny invisible particles from exhaust fumes, tyres and brakes are present in the air we breathe.

This has been linked to serious health conditions, like cancer, heart disease and breathing problems, with those who are older, young children and people already living with long-term health issues more likely to be affected.


The government has issued a legal order to a number of councils across the country, including Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside.

This order requires those councils to develop plans to tackle high levels of nitrogen dioxide on certain roads. These plans have to bring nitrogen dioxide levels to within legal limits in the shortest possible time.