Aberdeen low emission zones
Aberdeen City Council is developing options for a city centre Low Emission Zone (LEZ). While a number of projects, such as the opening of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) and the forthcoming Haudagain Roundabout Improvement scheme, have or are anticipated to improve air quality throughout the city, improvements in the City Centre Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) have not happened quickly enough to fully address air quality problems in this area without further intervention.
In February 2020, Aberdeen City Council agreed that Phase 1 of the Aberdeen LEZ should look to reduce emissions from bus services. Officers are therefore working with partners to prepare an application to the Traffic Commissioner for Scotland for Traffic Regulation Conditions (TRCs) meaning that 25% of all bus journeys in Aberdeen city centre will be Euro VI compliant vehicles (the cleanest form of diesel engine) or better (such as hydrogen buses) by the end of 2020. The Council is committed to working with bus operators to further improve the fleet in the coming years in advance of Phase 2 of the LEZ, which will apply to multiple vehicle types, becoming operational.
The Council is still in the process of modelling and testing different scenarios for Phase 2 of the LEZ with full public and stakeholder consultation due to commence in April 2020, with a view to identifying a preferred option later in the year.
Further information can be found on the LEZ page of the Aberdeen City Council website: https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/roads-transport-and-parking/low-emission-zone.
For any enquiries in relation to the Aberdeen LEZ plans please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org