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The UK is currently failing to meet air quality targets in some of its cities, and it is estimated that air pollution costs the UK £8.5-20 billion in poor health and 40,000 early deaths per year. Is there a gap between laboratory emissions tests and real world driving? The reduced rate of air quality improvements has led to an ongoing High Court action.
David will describe those air quality objectives that are relevant for the assessment of infrastructure schemes. The presentation will outline how air quality assessments are undertaken in accordance with guidance in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges. The interaction with wider scheme specialists, such as transport modellers and engineering teams, will also be discussed.
Margaret will then describe the unintended consequences of new vehicle technologies, and the variability brought about by driver behaviour. Results of research quantifying the impacts of intervention measures to address air quality at local, city and regional scale will be presented to demonstrate that success requires an integrated approach of several measures coupled with behavioural change.
The presentations will be of interest to a wide range of stakeholders, including traffic engineers, planners, consultants, vehicle manufacturers and decision makers. They will provide an understanding of the fundamentals of air quality and illustrate ways in which changes in behaviour can help to 'take the poison out of motoring'.
This is a joint event between ICE East Midlands Transport Professional Interest Network (PIN) and the North Notts North Derbys (NNND) Branch. The support of Aecom is gratefully acknowledged.
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Professor Margaret Bell CBE is Science City Professor of Transport and the Environment at the University of Newcastle. Her research spans 45 years and embraces monitoring, modelling and management of traffic, emissions, air quality, noise, exposure to evaluate health, and climate change impacts.
Use of data from Intelligent Transport Systems has been fundamental in understanding the physics of traffic flow and its impacts on vehicle and network efficiency. Also to enable the design of technology solutions and to quantify benefits of innovation. She has been instrumental in creating integrated research facilities including the Instrumented City which boasts two decades of historic data.
David Deakin is the Highways air quality leader for AECOM in the UK and has 15 years' experience in EIA. David has led air quality issues on a broad range of commissions for clients including Highways England, HS2, Midlands Highways Alliance, Transport for London, etc. He has worked on schemes at all stages of development including: option selection, statutory process, detailed design and construction. David has acted as Expert Witness within Public Inquiry, DCO Hearings and Judicial Review.