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Monthly trends
Groups of sites:

Abbey Road to Maida Vale
Finchley Road - Wellington Road
Central sites
Schools
Avenue Road and neighbourhood

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Trends in annual averages
   
Groups of sites:

Abbey Road to Maida Vale
Finchley Road - Wellington Road
Central sites
Schools
Avenue Road and neighbourhood

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Supplementary charts


Annual average concentrations 2022 from NO2 diffusion tubes
Source: Westminster City Council,  Citzen Science HS2, Camden Council
Remarks:  Concentrations in Marylebone tend to exceed those in St John's Wood - greater traffic, commercial property and less green open space contribute to this.  (See here for a more detailed analysis of air quality across Marylebone during 2022/3.)  Concentrations along arterial roads (notably the A40, A5 A41) considerably exceed those in backgroun locations


Trends in average NO2 concentrations for successive periods of 12 months
Source: Air Quality England and London Air
Remarks:  Introduction and extension of the Low and Ultra Low emission zones explains much of the reduction in air pollution from NO2 which occured during periods of a year or so either side of official covid-related constraints.  The rate of improvement since then has been slow, implying that further intervention is required - the current UK limit 40 g/m is four times greater than the World Health Organisation guideline.


Diurnal variation in average ratified NO2 concentrations - 01/07/2022 to 30/06/2023
Source: Air Quality England
Remarks:  Weekday concentrations exceed those on days off, have a more pronounced morning rush hour peak and an earlier evening peak.  The lowest concentrations - best for outdoor exercise - tend to be at lunch time (and 3 am).


Diurnal variation in average ratified PM10 concentrations - 01/07/2022 to 30/06/2023
Source: Air Quality England
Remarks:  Concentrations of PM2.5 tend to vary little not only between the working week and days off, but also with time of day (and location).  They exceed the World Health Organisation guideline by a substantial margin.


Trends in average PM2.5 concentrations for successive periods of 12 months
Source: Air Quality England and London Air
Remarks:  Declining concentration of PM2.5 probably attributable to Low and Ultra Low emissions zones prior to and since covid lockdowns.  Current trend flat or rising slightly, implying further intervention is required to reduce concentrations adjacent busy roads to below the UK target of 10 g/m.  Doing so might lessen concentrations in background locations to 50% above the World Health Organisation guideline.