Consultation on new Traffic Clean Air Zone options

Closed 13 Dec 2020

Opened 8 Oct 2020


Air pollution has been a problem in Bristol and many UK cities for a long time. Bristol City Council has a moral and legal duty to ensure the city’s air quality meets legal limits of air pollution in the shortest possible time.

In 2019, we consulted on two options to reduce air pollution from traffic in Bristol city centre. Since then, the world around us has changed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. This has led to some changes in lifestyle, work and travel behaviours, which led to significant improvements in air quality.

We have now carried out further air quality modelling to explore alternative ways to reduce traffic pollution, taking into consideration the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We want an approach to improving air quality that does not compound the challenges already facing citizens and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The council’s preferred approach is to encourage citizens and businesses to sustain the recent, less polluting travel behaviour that we have seen, and we plan to support this with some further modifications to roads around the city that make it easier to walk, cycle or use public transport.

However, we must consider additional measures in case the positive travel behaviours we have experienced recently aren’t sustained and these further measures are needed to reduce pollution to within legal limits in the shortest possible time.

We want your views on two new options for improving air quality, which would be needed if people’s travel behaviours return to how they were before and traffic builds up and pollution increases again above legal limits. Both new options would involve charging the most polluting vehicles to drive into central Bristol.

We also want to know if you would be prepared to change how you travel into central Bristol if this would mean there is no need for a charging clean air zone.

We want to hear from as many people as possible from all parts of Bristol.

If you would like a paper copy or the information in an alternative format please email or call 0117 9036449 and leave a message on the answerphone. Alternatively, you can write to: CAZ, Transport Engagement Team, PO BOX 3399, 100 Temple Street, Bristol, BS1 9NE

You can see the PDF version of the consultation here.


  • Central


  • All residents
  • Expert Stakeholders
  • Equalities group(s)
  • Business


  • Traffic and transportation