Air quality management areas

Herefordshire's air quality problems are mainly related to traffic. We use local transport plans to improve accessibility, air quality and safety, and ease congestion. We monitor air quality from a number of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) diffusion tubes located in roadside locations around the city, market towns and county. These test tube type samples enable us to have monthly averages for NO2. You can download the latest figures for nitrogen dioxide in the county.

The national air quality strategy provides a framework for air quality control in the UK. Together with the six Worcestershire district councils, we have produced a joint Herefordshire and Worcestershire air quality strategy to tackle air quality across the two counties and meet the national air quality.

Herefordshire has two air quality management areas - each declared due to a breach of the Government's objective for nitrogen dioxide. All are a result of traffic near to housing. The two areas are:

Location Description Approx. number of houses in area Pollution objective exceeded
Hereford area designated in the Hereford City Air Quality Management Area (Nitrogen Dioxide) The A49(T) corridor in Hereford, extending from Holmer Road in the north to Belmont Road in the south and extending east along New market/Blue School Street and west along Eign Street as far as Barton Yard. 160 Nitrogen Dioxide annual mean
Leominster area designated in the Bargates (Leominster) Air Quality Management Area (Nitrogen Dioxide) An area encompassing the junction between the A44 (Bargates) and B4361 (Dishley Street/Cursneh Road) in Leominster. 20 Nitrogen Dioxide annual mean
Wilton to Pencraig area yet to be declared The A40 corridor from Wilton to Pencraig. 30 Nitrogen dioxide annual mean

The location maps for the two air quality management areas are on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (DEFRA) website.

View our air quality management area action plan (PDF)