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Enough to leave you exhausted; ENVIRONMENT: Action call to curb worrying levels of pollution on Golden Mile.

Byline: By Neil Elkes

BIRMINGHAM'S Golden Mile is the smog centre of the city and action is needed to tackle pollution from cars, taxis and buses, according to a report on air quality.

The survey of air quality has revealed that Birmingham city centre has worrying levels of nitrogen dioxide, a gas produced by traffic.

But while in many areas including Corporation Street, pollution levels are falling, in Broad Street the nitrogen dioxide is increasing slightly.

Birmingham City Council's public protection committee were told a hotspot exists between the ICC and Sheepcote Street which is likely to be the only area in the city to exceed national limits after 2012.

A combination of tall buildings creating a canyon effect, not allowing the exhaust fumes to escape, the stop and start nature of traffic and the round the clock business hours are being blamed for the problem.

Long-term exposure to nitrogen dioxide fumes is associated with the development of lung and respiratory diseases.

Director of regulatory services Jacqui Kennedy said: "We are looking at ways to keep the traffic moving, including the phasing of traffic lights."

There is a problem with taxis stopping.There are a large number of slow moving vehicles all day and night."

Moves by city licensing chiefs to put limits on the age of taxis and minicabs will also improve the air quality in the area, it is thought.PLAN ON RIGHT ROAD: PAGE 14 SPINE ROAD PATROLS: PAGE 15


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Date:Oct 22, 2008
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