Moor Lane to become ultra low emissions zone

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Moor Lane, between Barbican and Moorgate, is to become an ULEZ
Moor Lane, between Barbican and Moorgate, is to become an ULEZ

A street between Barbican and Moorgate could become one of the cleanest in the Capital if an historic pilot yields expected results.

The local authority is pressing forward with plans to limit road activity on Moor Lane to ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs); cars and vans that emit less than 75g of CO2/km from their tailpipes.

The scheme ties in with the Corporation’s commitment to tackle toxic air across the Square Mile and the rest of London, and follows the recent announcement that drivers will now be charged to park according to their car’s green credentials – with older diesel-powered vehicles incurring additional costs.

A spokesperson for the Corporation said: “The pilot scheme at the southern section of Moor Lane will allow access to ultra-low emission vehicles only.

“We are currently running a feasibility study on the trial. Following the study we will publicly consult on options for delivering the scheme in autumn and the pilot will be delivered by April 2019.

“We will carefully consider the results of the pilot scheme and use the outcomes to inform any future proposals for other areas of the Square Mile.”

The pilot is being jointly funded by City Hall and the Corporation as part of the latter’s Low Emission Neighbourhood project.

Meanwhile, central London drivers are preparing for a new Ultra Low Emission Zone which will also come into effect in April 2019.

It will cover the same area as the Congestion Charge and owners of vehicles that do not meet exhaust emission standards will be required to pay an additional fee to travel within the zone.