Air Quality in Marylebone

Photo courtesy of The Howard de Walden Estate

We want to improve air quality in Marylebone and we want to reduce harmful pollutants often exceeding recommended health levels.

Air quality directly impacts our families and communities, and those who work and visit the LEN.

Our air quality is the result of a number of factors, including emissions from various local and non-local sources, our geographical location between two major transport arteries, mix of land uses, and building density type. Our everyday choices also impact the air quality around us.

Photo courtesy of Marble Arch London BID

Understanding factors that impact air quality in the Marylebone LEN.

Road Traffic Emissions

Our roads are busy and are under a lot of pressure! From waste and commercial servicing vehicles, to the increase in personal deliveries, the number of vehicle trips on our roads has increased. Personal vehicle trips further add to the busyness of our roads. More vehicle trips result in more emissions and congestion, and impact air quality. 

We recognise the importance of freight and servicing trips in ensuring the economic and social well-being of the Marylebone LEN.  We also recognise that more can be done to consolidate and reduce the overall number of vehicle trips taking place throughout the area.

We want to encourage businesses to consider what steps they can take to improve air quality and promote the use in using ‘greener and cleaner’ vehicles when making trips in the LEN.

 Our urban realm schemes aim to promote walking and cycling, and fewer vehicle trips.
Find out how we are reducing road traffic emissions visit our Transport page.

Commercial and residential emissions

Marylebone has retained much of its late 18th century architecture and residential character, including its distinguishable estates. With some of London’s oldest residential and commercial building stock, building services and functions may be less efficient and very energy-intensive. Emissions from buildings largely stem from regulating the temperature of the building during the colder and warmer months. 

The density and height of buildings also exacerbates the Heat Island effect by trapping warm air at ground level.

Find out how we are reducing harmful pollutants from commercial and residential buildings visit our The Green Club page.