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Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN)

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The Mayor of London has awarded the City of London Corporation £990,000 over three years to implement a Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN) in the Barbican, Guildhall and Barts area following a successful funding application submitted in April 2016. The City Corporation is match funding the Mayor of London's contribution meaning the total LEN project budget will be around £2 million. The City of London LEN is one of five that will be set up across eight boroughs tha​t will come into full effect by the start of 2019.

Why choose this area??

This area was chosen as it supports plans for improvements to Beech Street and the cultural hub, supports the Barbican Estate's plans for consolidation of deliveries and introduction of electric vehicle charge points as well as building upon previous air quality engagement projects with Barts Health NHS Trust, Barbican residents and local businesses.

What is proposed?

The LEN proposals include air pollution awareness events, working with businesses to tackle emissions from deliveries and freight, rollout of electric vehicle charging infrastructure for residents, restricted access to Beech Street for all but the cleanest vehicles, and the introduction of green taxi ranks. See What is a Low Emission Neighbourhood? (506KB) flyer.

What is the aim?

The aim of the LEN is to improve local air quality by reducing the amount of traffic and encouraging and supporting low and zero emission vehicles in the locality. Improvements in air quality are expected both within the proposed neighbourhood and more widely across the City due to an increase in low and zero emission vehicles. It is anticipated that the most successful measures will be rolled out across the City and it will not only have a beneficial impact on air quality in the Barbican area but also result in a more liveable neighbourhood with less traffic, improved public realm, safer places to cycle or walk and new green infrastructure.

Wendy Mead - Chairman of the City of London Corporation's Environment Committee, said:

"We are creating a low emissions neighbourhood that will result in a real improvement in air quality in the very heart of London. Our proposals are ambitious and comprehensive. They will tackle all sources of emissions in the City, from building emissions to traffic pollution. The low emissions neighbourhood project will not only have a beneficial impact on air quality in the Barbican area but also result in a cleaner City with less traffic, an improved environment and safer places to cycle and walk."

Activity so far

Should you wish to contact the City Corporation regarding the LEN, please email​​​

30 August 2016
Last Modified:
04 May 2018