Air Quality Strategic Framework

The rail industry, through RSSB, established the Air Quality Steering Group to develop a collaborative approach to understanding and mitigating air quality risks. 

The resulting Air Quality Strategic Framework, published in June 2020, is based on a robust, risk-based approach to reducing air quality impacts. The framework details a series of recommendations based around three key themes:

  • modelling: improving our ability to understand risks at a local level
  • mitigating: ensuring appropriate and effective measures are taken to reduce emissions
  • monitoring: establishing a programme to measure emissions and ensure improvements. 

The industry has committed to reporting progress annually.


Air Quality Research

RSSB is also undertaking a range of projects to measure air quality on the rail network, and to gain a better understanding of rail’s contribution to pollution levels in Air Quality Management Areas and Clean Air Zones. These projects are designed to support the industry by establishing a ‘baseline’ from which improvement measures can be implemented and evaluated.