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The rhetoric and realities of integrating air quality into local transport planning process

Olowoporoku, A.O.; Hayes, Enda T; Longhurst, James; Parkhurst, Graham


A.O. Olowoporoku

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Enda Hayes
Professor in Air Quality and Carbon Management


Regardless of its intent and purposes, the first decade of the Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) framework had little or no effect in reducing traffic-related air pollution in the UK. Apart from the impact of increased traffic volumes, the major factor attributed to this failure is that of policy disconnect between the process of diagnosing air pollution and its management thereby limiting the capability of local authorities to control traffic-related sources of air pollution. Integrating air quality management into the Local Transport Plan (LTP) process therefore presents opportunities for enabling political will, funding and joined-up policy approach to reduce this limitation. However, despite the increased access to resources for air quality measures within the LTP process, this paper highlights local institutional, political and funding constraints which reduce the impact of these policy interventions on air quality management. The results of this study illustrate the policy implementation gaps between central government policy intentions and the local government process by providing evidence of the deprioritisation of air quality management compared to the other shared priorities in the LTP process. The paper draws conclusions on the policy and practice of integrating air quality management into transport planning. It argues the need for a policy shift from a solely localised hotspot management approach, in which the LAQM framework operates, to a more holistic management of vehicular emissions within wider spatial administrative areas.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 30, 2012
Journal Journal of Environmental Management
Print ISSN 0301-4797
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 101
Issue 30
Pages 23-32
APA6 Citation Olowoporoku, A., Hayes, E. T., Longhurst, J., & Parkhurst, G. (2012). The rhetoric and realities of integrating air quality into local transport planning process. Journal of Environmental Management, 101(30), 23-32.
Keywords air quality management, local transport plan, air quality action plans, air quality objectives, policy implementation gap
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