The pollution was so bad that City Hall issued the dire warning to Londoners to protect their health
The pollution was so bad that City Hall issued the dire warning to Londoners to protect their health and sent alerts to hundreds of bus stops and tube stations across the city.
Air pollution was predicted to be high in at least seven boroughs including Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Tower, Hamlets, Wandsworth, the city, Kensington and Hounslow.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: The extent of our air quality crisis means that I have triggered a city-wide alert, ensuring Londoners have all the information possible.
“It’s crucial that Londoners who are vulnerable such as asthma sufferers are able to take appropriate measures to protect themselves.”
City Hall issued the alert at 8am on Friday morning, to the worst affected areas and advised commuters, drivers and pedestrians to avoid clogged roads.
It said: “High air pollution forecast for Thursday. Consider spending less time outdoors, take medication. If well contact GP.”
A thick cloud of pollution clouded much of the Capital
In the afternoon, the warnings were also delivered electronically to 2,500 bus countdown signs, river pier signs and signs on 270 underground stations.
The red alert was issued because the scale showing air toxicity stands between seven and nine out of 10. It was nine yesterday.
Drivers were also advised to turn off their engines when stuck in traffic.
Drivers were also advised to turn off their engines when stuck in traffic
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The toxic air came from Germany and choked large areas of central and west London.
The red alert comes as the Government seeks ways to curb the low air quality.
The Government advised adults and children with breathing difficulties to reduce physical exertion outside.
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