Where's the worst air pollution in Salisbury?

Where's the worst air pollution in Salisbury?

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:38am 30th July 2020.

3 minute read

Friends of the Earth has mapped all the places in England where air quality targets are being missed - including NINE locations in the city centre.

An audit by the environmental campaign group has found there's a total of 1,360 sites across the country where air pollution limits are being breached.

The Government's Air Quality Objective says levels of nitrogen dioxide should reach no higher than 40 ug/m3.

The targets are set to protect people's health and prevent exposure to harmful emissions, with the most common source from vehicles.

Pollution Hotspots in Salisbury from Friends of the Earth map
The worst areas for pollution are shown on the map put together by Friends of the Earth


  • Wilton Road, coming off St Paul's roundabout, 58 ug/m3
  • South Western Road, near Salisbury train station, 51 ug/m3
  • Wilton Road, at Skew Bridge, 46 ug/m3
  • Minster Street, 43 ug/m3
  • Exeter Street, 42 ug/m3
  • Devizes Road, near the Gas Lane/Clifton Road junctions, 41 ug/m3
  • Endless Street, bus stops, 41 ug/m3
  • Catherine Street, 41 ug/m3
  • London Road, leading to St Mark's roundabout, 40 ug/m3

Simon Bowens, clean air campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said:

"Failing to fix air pollution costs lives. It also shows a failure to address the climate crisis because the sources and solutions are intrinsically linked. If ministers want to avoid a return to the health-damaging and illegal levels of air pollution we had before lockdown, their enthusiasm for 'active travel' needs to be a permanent switch and not just a short-term gap plugger.

"The government must also end its damaging fixation on building more roads. You can't justify this by planning to phase out polluting petrol and diesel vehicles and replace them with electric ones. We need to go much further than just getting out of one type of car and into another. Investment in better cycling and walking should be part of a fair and green post-coronavirus economic recovery plan aimed at creating a cleaner, fairer future."

Traffic - cars - exhaust - pollution - emissions - Salisbury 1 - Exeter Street Roundabout (Mike Draper)
Exeter Street has been found to be one of the worst places for air pollution in Salisbury

Friends of the Earth is now campaigning for a 'green and fair recovery from the coronavirus crisis'. 

They're calling for the Government to 'step up and commit to building a future that's greener, safer and fairer for everyone'.

In recent weeks, Wiltshire Council's committed to 'reallocate road spaces' to help make them more pedestrian and cycle friendly. 

Salisbury City Council has also come up with ideas for which areas of the city centre could be pedestrianised as part of the plans. 

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