Air pollution

We are committed to improving air quality throughout the borough. We have teamed up with six other South London authorities and joined the Love Clean Air website, which contains information about local air quality and how small behavioural changes could improve the air that you breathe.

The borough has been designated an 'Air Quality Management Area' (AQMA) for both nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and PM10 (particles less than 10 microns).


For enquires relating to CO2 reduction or sustainability, visit our Sustainability pages.

Air quality data

See the air quality results for today.

The results are for the continuous monitoring in the borough. We currently have three sites, two static sites in Barnes and one mobile site currently near the new Richmond College development, on the A316, near Egerton Road, TW2 7SP. The results for the mobile site have a delay of 24 hours, hence the latest results are from yesterday.

Historical data from the continuous analysers can be found on the air quality monitoring data page.

Increasingly it is thought that high levels of air pollution are detrimental to health, especially for susceptible members of the community, such as the elderly, children, asthmatics and individuals with bronchitis. It is important to us that we ensure pollution levels are regularly checked.

Air quality reports

The Council is required to submit regular reports on air quality to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Low-pollution walking routes in West London

To promote walking as a sustainable transport mode and help protect walkers from routes with high air pollution, the West London Air Quality Cluster Group commissioned, with a grant from Transport for London, to produce air pollution-aware walking routes for West London.

You can visit the website to plan your journey along low pollution routes in West London.

Air quality alerts - airTEXT

The air quality forecast for today can be seen on the airTEXT website together with some health advice if levels are high.

We are taking part in a London wide air quality information service, to help people who are more at risk from high levels of air pollution. The two year service known as airTEXT works by sending air pollution alerts via text message, emails and voice mail. You can register for this free service if you:

  • Have been diagnosed by your doctor with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis or COPD, heart disease or angina
  • Live or work in Richmond

How to register

Visit the Sign up page (on the airTEXT website). You can choose to receive the alerts by:

  • Text message to your mobile phone
  • Recorded voice message to your home phone
  • Email

For further information, you can contact the Special Projects Team on 020 8891 7729. If you have neighbours or friends who wish to be registered, and who have no Internet access, they can also call this number to register.

Smoke Control Areas

Under the Clean Air Act The London Borough of Richmond has declared the whole of the borough as a smoke control area. It is an offence to emit smoke from a chimney of a building, from a furnace or from any fixed boiler if located in a designated smoke control area.

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Updated: 28 September 2018