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Dudley Council’s 2010 Further Assessment of Air Quality report confirmed that concentrations of nitrogen dioxide were found to exceed the government's annual mean objective value of 40 µg/m3 at several locations:

  • Netherton
  • Cradley
  • Pensnett
  • Sedgley
  • Brierley Hill
  • Quarry Bank
  • Hagley Road, Halesowen
  • Wordsley
  • Lye
  • New Street, Dudley
  • Himley Road, Lower Gornal
  • Stourbridge Road, Halesowen
  • Amblecote
  • Birmingham Road near to Burnt Tree Island
  • Buffery Road

The major source of pollution in these areas has been identified as road traffic.

Additionally, breaches of the hourly objective for nitrogen dioxide in Halesowen Road, Netherton are now under further investigation.

Air quality management areas

We are legally required to declare one or more Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) for those parts of the Borough in which the air quality objective is likely to be exceeded. Declaration of The Dudley Borough AQMA was completed in December 2007, amalgamating the former AQMAs of Brierley Hill and Sedgley.

We completed a further assessment of these exceedance areas and published an action plan for improving air quality across the Borough. The general public and other relevant stakeholders were consulted on the draft action plan via this website and targeted promotional activities during 2010. Further information on the action plan consultation is held within the Dudley Community Engagement Database.

A summary of the consultation comments has now been prepared and can be accessed from the Related Documents Section below. The action plan has been updated to reflect input from the consultation process and changes to the wider policy framework. The revised Action Plan was accepted by Defra in May 2011 and was adopted by Dudley Council in September 2011.

Key activities

Key activities

  • Encouraging changes in Travel Behaviour – work with key stakeholders to encourage the use of public transport and the use of less polluting ways to travel, e.g. cycling, car sharing, walking.
  • Information & Awareness Raising – i.e. improved website and information for schools with a view to reducing car journeys to school and the idling of car engines outside schools. A £10,000 Defra funded project has recently commenced to help with this initiative.
  • Leading by Example – improving emissions from the Council’s fleet of vehicles.
  • Reducing Vehicle Emissions – take action to reduce idling vehicles and report smoky vehicles. Help to develop an infrastructure to encourage uptake of electric vehicles.
  • Improving Public Transport – work with our partners to improve public transport services. As part of a £6 million investment into the future of low carbon and sustainable transport in the West Midlands supported by Centro and Department for Transport’s Green Bus Fund, a fleet of 21 low emission hybrid buses will operate on the number 1 service between Dudley and Wolverhampton, passing through Sedgley. The new hybrid buses will reduce NOx and CO2 emissions by 30% in comparison with conventional diesel fuelled vehicles and come into service at the start of 2013.
  • Road Network Improvements – work with our internal and external partners and deliver road and traffic management improvements to the Boroughs road system in line with the West Midlands Local Transport Plan.
  • Land Use Planning Initiatives – ensure that through the planning system development is future proofed against air quality issues.
  • Industrial, Commercial & Domestic actions – control emissions through the enforcement of pollution control legislation.

Improving Air quality in the Cradley area