Surrey

Hindhead Tunnel improves village air quality

Hindhead Tunnel
Image caption The Hindhead tunnel is part of a four-mile diversion around the village

Air quality in a Surrey village now meets national standards after the construction of a tunnel on the A3.

Levels of nitrogen dioxide at Hindhead dropped below 40 micrograms per cubic metre when the tunnel opened in 2011, with a further drop to 30 in 2013.

Council leaders are also investigating whether to make Farnham town centre a low-emission zone to boost air quality.

The move would restrict vehicles from the town centre if they did not meet pollution guidelines.

Robert Knowles, leader of Waverley Borough Council, said: "Low emissions zones are seen as a cost-effective way of reducing traffic-related air pollution.

"Much of Greater London is covered by a low emission zone and as a council we are keen to see if a similar scheme on a much smaller scale in Farnham could cut air pollution."

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