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- London pollution kills 380 every year, says report
LONDONERS are more at risk from breathing the air than road traffic accidents, a new study reveals today.
Research by Transport for London, the body appointed by Mayor Ken Livingstone to take responsibility for the capital's roads, shows that London's seven million inhabitants are more likely to die from transport-related air pollution than road accidents.
According to the report, titled On The Move, a total of 226 people died in road-related incidents in 1998, while roughly 380 deaths were caused by transport emissions, a third higher than road casualties. "This report shows that it's more harmful to walk down the street than to cross it," said Mr Livingstone.
Taken together, air pollution and road accidents are responsible for one percent of the capital's deaths every year.