Eddie asked the Department for Transport: What assessment his Department has made of air quality on the M6 between junctions 9 and 10a; and what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the effect of traffic on air quality on that section of that road?
Jesse Norman, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Roads, Local Transport and Devolution, replied:
Highways England undertook an air quality monitoring survey for six months between February and July 2015 on this section of the M6 for Nitrogen Dioxide. This survey has been utilised as part of the assessment of the M6 Junction 10 improvement scheme promoted by both Highways England and Walsall Council.
An Environmental Statement which was undertaken for the improvement scheme involved undertaking air quality modelling to predict the impact of the Scheme on air quality. The full assessment can be viewed on Walsall Councils planning website (https://go.walsall.gov.uk/planningm6j10).
Walsall have developed an air quality action plan as part of its duties to improve air quality; the M6 between junctions 9 and 10a is within Walsall Council’s Air Quality Management Area (AQMA).
Highways England will support local authorities as they explore options for their local air quality plans.
Eddie will continue to monitor the situation regarding air pollution in Walsall North and will continue to push the Government and Walsall Council to ensure they are working together in the best interests of local residents.