Air Quality Management in Oxford

Air Quality Action Plan

The latest Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP 2013) replaces the 2006 Air Quality Action Plan. The 2013 Air Quality Action Plan was adopted by the Council in December 2013 following public consultation and declaration of a city-wide Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) in 2010.

Air Quality Action Plan 2013

The Councils current Air Quality Action Plan highlights measures to improve local air quality in order to meet the air quality objectives within the city. Further measures to improve air quality will be considered within the Oxford Area strategy of Oxfordshire County Council's Local Transport Plan for 2015-2030 (LTP4).

The 2013 Air Quality Action Plan prioritises measures to deliver sustainable road transport and improve air quality.

The AQAP identifies six key themes:

  • Support for development of sustainable transport measures
  • Support for the uptake of low and zero emission vehicles
  • Reducing freight emissions
  • Planning for sustainable transport
  • Managing the Council's transport emissions
  • Developing partnerships and public education

2013 Air Quality Action Plan

2006 AQAP - Progress

A number of significant measures have been implemented in conjunction with Oxfordshire County Council over the last decade, notably:

  • The development of the Quality Bus Partnership delivering integrated ticketing and leading to reductions in bus numbers
  • The Transform Oxford initiative which has increased pedestrianisation and re-located bus stops
  • A bus based Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in central Oxford from 2014
  • Investment in cleaner greener vehicles by bus operators

2006 Air Quality Action Plan