foe_clean_air_0021-previewFriends of the Earth Scotland has published a list of Scotland’s most polluted streets in 2016, showing that streets in many parts of Scotland continue to have unsafe and illegal levels of toxic pollution seven years after a legal deadline and despite a Government plan to comply with clean air obligations.

This includes Dumbarton Road and Hope Street here in Glasgow which are among the 9 most polluted streets for nitrogen dioxide emissions.

There are now a total of 38 Pollution Zones in Scotland where air quality safety standards are regularly broken, up from 33 last year. In 2016 new official Pollution Zones were declared in Linlithgow and Newton in West Lothian, Johnstone and Renfrew in Renfrewshire, with another new one in Edinburgh’s Salamander Street coming into force later this month.

Levels of air pollution in our cities is causing an unacceptable public health crisis. FoE Scotland are asking you to write to the party leaders of Scotland’s cities today asking them to make an election pledge to deal with air pollution by developing plans for a Low Emission Zone and investing in walking and cycling in their city.


Nitrogen Dioxide – top 9 most polluted streets for nitrogen dioxide in 2016. Figures in microgrammes per cubic metre (μg/m3).

  • Glasgow Hope Street – 65
  • Edinburgh St John’s Road – 49
  • Aberdeen Wellington Road – 46
  • Dundee Seagate  46
  • Cambuslang Main Street – 45
  • Aberdeen Union Street – 43
  • Edinburgh Queensferry Road – 42
  • Glasgow Dumbarton Road – 42
  • Perth Atholl Street – 40
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