It was lovely to catch up with pupils, teachers and parents from Richard Atkins Primary on their morning walk to school. Encouraging kids to take active forms of travel like walking, cycling and scooting is important but the daily walk that many of these children make is a reminder that we have so much work to do when it comes to improving road safety and cleaning up our toxic air.
Just last month, research by University College London researchers estimated that 48,625 adults die prematurely each year in the UK due to particulate matter pollution. Pupils who have to traverse Brixton Road to get to school will be exposed to some of the highest nitrogen dioxide levels anywhere in London. We must do more to clean up our air.