Edinburgh’s most polluted streets revealed

Three Edinburgh streets have made the national list. Pic: file

Three Edinburgh streets have made the national list. Pic: file

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THREE of the Capital’s busiest streets are among a list of Scottish roads where pollution levels are so high they are a danger to health.

St John’s Road, Queensferry Road and Salamander Street were included in a national table of 26 thoroughfares which are polluted in breach of safety limits.

In St John’s Road in the west of the city, 57 microgrammes of the toxic gas nitrogen dioxide were detected in every cubic metre of air, with recordings of 45 and 28 in Queensferry Road and Salamander Street.

The European legal limit for nitrogen dioxide is 40 microgrammes per cubic metre of air, and should have been met in 2005.

Pollution from tiny particles was also high in Queensferry Road and Salamander Street, at 19 and 22 microgrammes per cubic metre respectively.

Emilia Hanna, air pollution campaigner for Friends of the Earth Scotland, called for urgent action and said: “Air pollution is like passive smoking.

“We do not choose to breathe in this poisonous air - it is inflicted upon us.”