Drivers resist low-emission scheme as London struggles to clean up its air

Aim to reclaim polluted streets from traffic has been met with ‘hate and anger’ from some

As the lights change, the thundering morning traffic comes to a stop at one of London’s busiest junctions. Hundreds of people on bikes seize their chance and stream across the seven-lane intersection before disappearing into the relative safety of the UK’s first ultra-low emission area.

The network of streets in east London has become a haven for cyclists and pedestrians since two local councils banned all petrol and diesel cars, vans and lorries during morning and evening rush hour.

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