Air pollution responsible for 276 deaths in Oxfordshire: Government report

First published in Headlines Witney Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Witney and West Oxfordshire. Call me on 01865 425483

ONE in 20 deaths in Oxfordshire has been linked to air pollution, according to new Government figures.

Public Health England released statistics yesterday showing that 276 people died of air pollution in 2010.

This accounted for 5.6 per cent of the number of deaths that year.

Across the UK it is estimated about 25,000 people died of air pollution.

Comments (8)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:09am Fri 11 Apr 14

Floflo says...

And putting a tiny fraction of the transport budget into a cycle path between Botley and Enysham is considered too expensive. If these deaths which are mostly caused by traffic fumes were put into the equation when planning for transport low carbon alternatives would be way up the agenda.
And putting a tiny fraction of the transport budget into a cycle path between Botley and Enysham is considered too expensive. If these deaths which are mostly caused by traffic fumes were put into the equation when planning for transport low carbon alternatives would be way up the agenda. Floflo
  • Score: 0

9:22am Fri 11 Apr 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Remove some of the diesel trucks and buses that are stationary in oxford with their engines running and watch these figures go down
Remove some of the diesel trucks and buses that are stationary in oxford with their engines running and watch these figures go down yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 4

9:51am Fri 11 Apr 14

Gunslinger says...

Floflo wrote:
And putting a tiny fraction of the transport budget into a cycle path between Botley and Enysham is considered too expensive. If these deaths which are mostly caused by traffic fumes were put into the equation when planning for transport low carbon alternatives would be way up the agenda.
Air pollution is mostly caused by diesel vehicles (vans, trucks, buses) delivering the services and stuff we use and enabling lots of people to get about.

I don't think a new cycle path between Botley and Eynsham makes much contribution to that.
[quote][p][bold]Floflo[/bold] wrote: And putting a tiny fraction of the transport budget into a cycle path between Botley and Enysham is considered too expensive. If these deaths which are mostly caused by traffic fumes were put into the equation when planning for transport low carbon alternatives would be way up the agenda.[/p][/quote]Air pollution is mostly caused by diesel vehicles (vans, trucks, buses) delivering the services and stuff we use and enabling lots of people to get about. I don't think a new cycle path between Botley and Eynsham makes much contribution to that. Gunslinger
  • Score: 0

10:47am Fri 11 Apr 14

Richard of Wantage says...

Not to worry. With 100,000 new homes and 150,000 additional vehicles in Oxfordshire, we will soon increase that percentage to double figures!
Not to worry. With 100,000 new homes and 150,000 additional vehicles in Oxfordshire, we will soon increase that percentage to double figures! Richard of Wantage
  • Score: 2

10:57am Fri 11 Apr 14

grandconjuration says...

Gunslinger wrote:
Floflo wrote:
And putting a tiny fraction of the transport budget into a cycle path between Botley and Enysham is considered too expensive. If these deaths which are mostly caused by traffic fumes were put into the equation when planning for transport low carbon alternatives would be way up the agenda.
Air pollution is mostly caused by diesel vehicles (vans, trucks, buses) delivering the services and stuff we use and enabling lots of people to get about.

I don't think a new cycle path between Botley and Eynsham makes much contribution to that.
The majority of new private cars are diesel. 83.2% of motor vehicles in the UK are cars.

https://www.gov.uk/g
overnment/uploads/sy
stem/uploads/attachm
ent_data/file/198753
/vls-2012.pdf

Therefore, a cycle path that encourages people to use a bike rather than a car would contribute to a reduction in pollution.

When the recent high pollution levels hit Paris, they restricted private car use in the city and made public transport free. In London they told people not to cycle as it might be harmful. This country is pathetic.
[quote][p][bold]Gunslinger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Floflo[/bold] wrote: And putting a tiny fraction of the transport budget into a cycle path between Botley and Enysham is considered too expensive. If these deaths which are mostly caused by traffic fumes were put into the equation when planning for transport low carbon alternatives would be way up the agenda.[/p][/quote]Air pollution is mostly caused by diesel vehicles (vans, trucks, buses) delivering the services and stuff we use and enabling lots of people to get about. I don't think a new cycle path between Botley and Eynsham makes much contribution to that.[/p][/quote]The majority of new private cars are diesel. 83.2% of motor vehicles in the UK are cars. https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/uploads/sy stem/uploads/attachm ent_data/file/198753 /vls-2012.pdf Therefore, a cycle path that encourages people to use a bike rather than a car would contribute to a reduction in pollution. When the recent high pollution levels hit Paris, they restricted private car use in the city and made public transport free. In London they told people not to cycle as it might be harmful. This country is pathetic. grandconjuration
  • Score: 6

11:47am Fri 11 Apr 14

rjwise says...

Prehaps, this is the report that inspired Cherwell Distrrict Council to propose as the ideal location for Bicester -new-town-park-,fiel
ds that run alongside a road that ferries (by car) the majority of the annual 6m vistors to Bicester Village.
Prehaps, this is the report that inspired Cherwell Distrrict Council to propose as the ideal location for Bicester -new-town-park-,fiel ds that run alongside a road that ferries (by car) the majority of the annual 6m vistors to Bicester Village. rjwise
  • Score: 1

1:47pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Floflo says...

Gunslinger wrote:
Floflo wrote:
And putting a tiny fraction of the transport budget into a cycle path between Botley and Enysham is considered too expensive. If these deaths which are mostly caused by traffic fumes were put into the equation when planning for transport low carbon alternatives would be way up the agenda.
Air pollution is mostly caused by diesel vehicles (vans, trucks, buses) delivering the services and stuff we use and enabling lots of people to get about.

I don't think a new cycle path between Botley and Eynsham makes much contribution to that.
You are right. It's not just one cycle path that's needed - it's a wholesale re-prioritisation of investment in the options that people to have to get about. Currently just about all of the transport budget is spent accommodating and encouraging motor vehicles. Low carbon, low polluting alternatives are barely an afterthought.

Meanwhile 276 deaths, mostly caused by emissions from vehicles, goes by almost without comment.
[quote][p][bold]Gunslinger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Floflo[/bold] wrote: And putting a tiny fraction of the transport budget into a cycle path between Botley and Enysham is considered too expensive. If these deaths which are mostly caused by traffic fumes were put into the equation when planning for transport low carbon alternatives would be way up the agenda.[/p][/quote]Air pollution is mostly caused by diesel vehicles (vans, trucks, buses) delivering the services and stuff we use and enabling lots of people to get about. I don't think a new cycle path between Botley and Eynsham makes much contribution to that.[/p][/quote]You are right. It's not just one cycle path that's needed - it's a wholesale re-prioritisation of investment in the options that people to have to get about. Currently just about all of the transport budget is spent accommodating and encouraging motor vehicles. Low carbon, low polluting alternatives are barely an afterthought. Meanwhile 276 deaths, mostly caused by emissions from vehicles, goes by almost without comment. Floflo
  • Score: 2

6:07pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

The article doesn't mention what the primary cause of the "air pollution" was...

Or how the people died...
The article doesn't mention what the primary cause of the "air pollution" was... Or how the people died... Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree