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Air quality monitoring

Summary and status reports

Most of the time pollution levels in Exeter are low, and are unlikely to affect you if you are healthy. But on days where pollution levels are higher, or for particularly vulnerable groups, air pollution can cause immediate effects like coughing and wheezing.

We have declared part of the city to be an air quality management area, and are taking steps to reduce air pollution.

Non-technical summary

Air quality in Exeter mainly meets government objectives, with concentrations showing long-term downward trends and just a small number of hot spots where levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) are above government objectives. This document aims to summarise the monitoring undertaken by Exeter City Council and the city’s latest air pollution levels:

 

Annual Status Report

Every year the City Council produces a report which summarises the latest air pollution levels, and actions that are being taken in the city to reduce pollution. The reports for the last five years are available to download below

 

Appraisal reports

The Annual Status Report is sent to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to be checked. They issue an Appraisal Report which says whether the report meets the standards they expect and if any other work is required.

 

Air quality monitoring

This map shows the locations of our air monitoring stations. Click on a station to see its name and latest annual recordings of nitrogen dioxide.

Real time and past records of nitrogen dioxide and ozone levels on Queen Street outside the RAMM can be seen on the DEFRA website.

 

List of air monitoring stations

Details for each monitoring site can be found on page 22 of our Annual Status Report.

Site name and latest annual average concentrations.
Site Name2019 NO2 Annual Average Concentration (μg/m3)

RAMM continuous analyser

29.0

High Street /Castle Street

26.5

Longbrook Street

26.4

New North Road

27.8

Queen Street

23.8

RAMM 1

27.8

RAMM 2

27.5

High Street Guildhall

22.6

North Street

35.7

South Street

28.5

Market Street

29.5

Magdalen Street

28.9

Magdalen Street façade

29.3

Archibald Road

19.6

Heavitree Road inbound

19.0

Heavitree Road outbound

31.4

Holloway Street

29.3

Carder's Court, Shilhay

21.4

Rear of Gervase Avenue

22.7

Alphington Street

42.0

Alphington Road inbound

31.3

Queen's Road

12.7

Alphington Road outbound

26.2

Alphington Road outer

23.4

Church Road Alphington

23.4

Church Road II

23.5

Alphington Cross

30.2

Cowick Street (Cowick Lane)

38.7

Cowick Street (inbound)

21.1

Cowick Street (outbound)

34.4

Cowick Street (Exe Bridges)

30.1

Okehampton Street

24.3

Station Road

25.4

Bonhay Road (St Clements Lane)

26.8

Red Cow Village

36.0

Red Cow II

31.1

Cowley Bridge Road

32.5

Pennsylvania Road

28.4

York Road School

27.7

York Road

36.2

Union Road

26.4

Pinhoe Road inbound

29.8

Pinhoe Road (Polsloe Road)

35.9

Blackboy Road (Polsloe Road)

25.7

Beacon Heath

17.8

Venny Bridge

18.0

Pinhoe

23.1

Langaton Lane

17.9

Pinn Lane

17.6

Pinhoe Road (Fairfield Avenue)

17.9

East John Walk

14.0

Magdalen Road (Barrack Road)

35.5

Livery Dole

42.6

Rowancroft

38.5

Salutary Mount

43.4

Fore Street Heavitree outbound

26.7

Fore Street Heavitree inbound

40.3

East Wonford Hill

53.5

Honiton Road

47.3

Honiton Road façade

20.4

Sidmouth Road lamp post

30.7

Sidmouth Road Middlemoor

21.8

Newcourt Way

16.3

Topsham Road (Countess Wear)

25.4

Bridge Road (Countess Wear)

20.6

High Street Topsham

24.4

Topsham Road (Tollards Road)

36.4

Topsham Road (Barrack Road)

21.5

Riverside Valley Park

13.8

Cowick Barton Playing Fields

11.2

Exwick Playing Fields

16.1

Heavitree Pleasure Grounds

10.5

Ladysmith School/Pretoria Road

14.2

Pennsylvania

10.2

Northernhay Gardens

11.4

Chudleigh Road

15.8

Mill Lane

14.7

Sidwell Street

31.1

Station Road Pinhoe

15.1

Tithebarn Link Road

19.5

Exeter Road

19.8

St. Leonards Road

15.6

Newtown

added 2020

Lower Coombe Street

added 2020

New Bridge Street

added 2020

When this content has been updated

Last updated 18 November 2020