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Department for Transport announce £4.1M research into traffic pollution

A £4.1 million research project will build up a picture of how the weather, street design and driving behaviour affect traffic pollution.
Under the Department for Transport-backed MESSAGE project, sensors small enough to fit into a person's pocket or fixed to a public bus will collect data on air quality. 'The MESSAGE project will provide a much better, more detailed picture of the environmental impact of transport, allowing future decisions to be made on the basis of sound scientific evidence,' said Transport Minister Stephen Ladyman.Other partners in the scheme include project leader Imperial College, the Engineering and Physical Research Council and the universities of Cambridge, Leeds, Newcastle and Southampton. Local authorities and private sector firms specialising in intelligent transport are also providing support.

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