Green wall unveiled at Edgware Road Tube station

A the 200sq m green wall was completed this morning in a ceremony that saw The Mayor of London's director of the environment Kulveer Ranger, slot the final piece into place at the sit on Marylebone Road.

The project, which has taken a month complete, is part of the London Clean Air Fund, financed by the Department for Transport. It is hoped that the 15 varieties of plants used in the wall will demonstrably improve air quality by trapping particulate matter, mainly deriving form traffic emissions. The aim is to reduce levels of particulate matter by between 10 and 20% and its success will be monitored by scientists frim Imperial College London.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said of the project: “Delivering cleaner air for London is a top priority for me and this ingenious green wall traps harmful pollution on one of our busiest roads, helping to cleanse the air at this popular spot as well as helping to soften and beautify the local environment.”

The fund total is £5m, awarded by the Department of Transport at the request of Mr Johnson. Other initiatives financed by the fund include the installation of 50 planted towers on Lower Thames Street and a scheme to plant 500 new street trees and shrubs, the first 200 of which are currently being planted along the A40.

Taxi drivers will also be encouraged to switch of engines at taxi ranks to reduce engine idling time, as will other drivers who are loading, parked or waiting, while diesel particulate filters are to be fitted to buses on selected routes running through central London.

Will Parsons

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