• Anti-idling campaign
  • Walking map
Air Quality Initiatives

WeAreWaterloo would like to improve the Lower Marsh street and market environment, and are currently investigating whether a timed road closure of Lower Marsh Street during trading hours would be beneficial for the community. This is a collaboration between WeAreWaterloo and the Cross River Partnership and aims to understand whether timed traffic restrictions would have a positive impact on three key areas:

a) Air Quality
b) Safety (reduction to risk for crowded places)
c) Placemaking and the relationship between shops and market traders

By making the street cleaner, safer and quieter, WeAreWaterloo aims to make the market and shops a more pleasant place to visit and work. Businesses, residents and traders will be contacted for their views, and the final report will be shared before the end of May.

Low Emissions Neighbourhood

We Are Waterloo and South Bank BID have been developing a set of improvements to Cornwall Road which will deliver the first ‘Greenway’ – part of a network of pleasant, low pollution walking routes set out the South Bank and Waterloo Neighbourhood Plan.  The project will remind local residents and workers to consider how changing their route can reduce exposure to harmful toxins, and Cornwall Road was chosen because it has been measured as 70% less polluted than parallel Waterloo Road.

The  Cornwall Road scheme can be viewed and downloaded here
NB This scheme has been developed in response to the potential availability of funding from the Mayor of London. If funding is received then a further period of public consultation will commence. If the application to receive funding for this scheme is not successful then we will seek alternative funding methods for this scheme in the future.

Clean Air Better Business (CABB)

We are one of a number of London BIDs and local authorities involved in the Clean Air Better Business (CABB) programme, administered by the Cross River Partnership. Through funding from the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund (MAQF), the programme has seen a number of key initiatives, projects and trials with the aim of tackling the capital’s poor air quality.

Walking Maps and Air Quality Map

Our walking maps can be downloaded here, encouraging you to discover the area on foot, and an ‘air quality widget’ can be found here so that you can check the live air quality in Waterloo.

Air Quality Monitoring

As well as our live air quality map, WeAreWaterloo also supports any monitoring of air quality in the area, such as the Love Lambeth Air project measuring nitrogen dioxide. 

Freight Consolidation and Click/Collect site

An increasingly effective way of reducing traffic congestion to improve air quality is through consolidating business freight and deliveries. If your business is interested in exploring this, please contact us. Having online shopping sent to your work address also adds to traffic congestion and air pollution. By using a ‘click & collect’ service you can help reduce the number of vans on our streets, making Waterloo a nicer, safer and healthier place to visit, shop and work. Our bespoke site can help you to locate the click and collection options in your area.

Engine Idling

An engine left running whilst parked or stationary can produce up to twice as many exhaust emissions as an engine in motion. Exhaust emissions contain a range of air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and particulate matter. WeAreWaterloo has worked with the local authorities and other partners to deliver awareness raising days to tackling vehicle idling in the Waterloo area. Please get in touch if you would be interested in taking part in the next one!