In an open letter to some the country’s biggest coach companies, Westminster City Council warned last year that drastic action would need to be taken if drivers continued to idle their engines whilst parked.

After complaints persisted, and calls to work together on anti-idling campaigns were ignored, plans are now in place to remove several coach parking spots in the city.

The three spots in Horseferry Road, close to the Houses of Parliament, will go in January to be replaced with EV charging points, cycling hangars and resident parking.

The Council said that this would be part of a scheme to reduce unnecessary emissions and noise pollution while providing more sustainable use for the local community.

Westminster suffers from some of the worst air pollution in the country, with road transport contributing to more than half of the deadly emissions.

Councillor Tim Mitchell, Deputy Leader (Delivery) said; “There is no sugar-coating the need to tackle traffic emissions in Westminster, so if we’re truly going to challenge this head on, then we have no choice but to take drastic action such as this. We threatened to remove these spaces and have now done so, and I hope that this is a clear message to coach operators that they need to work with us to clamp down on engine idling.”

The spaces, located on a residential street close to nurseries, schools and local gardens, have, he explained, been a source of ongoing complaints against drivers who insist on running their engines while parked.

This latest action comes as part of Westminster City Council’s #DontBeIdle campaign, which aims to tackle emissions put out by vehicles idling their engines around the borough.

Although several large businesses have already signed on to the Council’s pledge to reduce their vehicles idling, many of the biggest coach operators in the country have not and have ignored public calls to do so.

Last reviewed 30 January 2020