Air pollution is a major threat to the environment and to our health, leading to 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK alone. The main culprit is road traffic.
Leighton Buzzard may not be a metropolis, but it has been expanding quite rapidly over the years and traffic has increased as a result. This could be bad news for the quality of the air we breathe, which is why campaigning for better transport and cleaner air has never been so important to us.
Congestion not only makes life difficult for everyone in Leighton Buzzard, but also harms business, the local economy and our health, especially children’s health, through air pollution. If traffic could be cut by up to 20%, as has been achieved elsewhere [need ref], or even just by 5-10%, at peak times, this could make all the difference to reducing congestion and improving air quality. This could be done by supporting safe, practical, low-cost realistic alternatives like walking, cycling and better buses.
In March 2018, just before the town’s meeting on reducing congestion, Andrew Selous, MP for South West Beds, said “Everyone has the right to breathe clean air, and getting more people cycling not only helps them achieve this, but also reduces congestion and improves at the same time”.
South Beds Friends of the Earth have been campaigning for many years to make Leighton Buzzard and district an area that is easy and safe to get around by cycling, buses or walking, with low congestion, clean air and fewer traffic jams. There are more details on some of our campaigns in the side menu.