Data Bulletin June 2021 – Traffic and Air Quality report for Barlow Hall Primary School, Darley Avenue
Traffic and Air Quality report for Barlow Hall Primary School, Darley Avenue
Monthly Transport figures for Darley Avenue
Cars on Darley Avenue Headline information
The school streets road closure took place on 15 & 16 June. 16 June also saw the most bicycles recorded on Darley Avenue.
- The total number of cars recorded on Darley Avenue this month was 28,048, which is up 0.5% from last month.
- The busiest day for cars was Wednesday 30 June with 1,135 cars recorded.
- The quietest day for cars was Sunday 13 June with 638 cars recorded.
- The busiest day for bicycles was Wednesday 16 June with 359 recorded.
- The average morning peak hour for traffic was 08:00-09:00. The average afternoon peak hour was 16:00-17:00.
Air Quality & Pollution
Pollution levels at throughout June remained Low at both Darley Avenue and at the junction of Wilbraham Road and Barlow Moor Road. However, Darley Avenue did register 2 days of Moderate air pollution on 1 & 2 June.
Air Quality Index Tables
- 25 day registered Level 2 (Low)
- 3 days registered Level 3 (Low)
- 2 days registered Level 4 (Moderate).
- 3 days registered Level 1 (Low)
- 23 days registered Level 2 (Low)
- 4 days registered Level 3 (Low).
Air Quality Index Scale
|1||Low||Enjoy your usual activities|
|4||Moderate||Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, who experience symptoms, should consider reducing strenuous physical activity, particularly outdoors.|
|7||High||Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, should reduce strenuous physical exertion, particularly outdoors, and particularly if they experience symptoms. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Older people should also reduce physical exertion.|
|10||Very high||Adults and children with lung problems, adults with heart problems, and older people, should avoid strenuous physical activity. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often.|
School Streets Closure data report
On Tuesday 15 & Wednesday 16 June 2021, the street outside of Barlow Hall Primary School was closed to traffic from 8-9am and 3-4pm.
Using data from one of our Telraam traffic counters located on Darley Avenue, we took an average of the traffic counted on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the month to create a June baseline.
The visualisation below shows the expected rush hour peaks at 8-9am and 2-5pm, which is likely a combination of the school run and residents travelling to/from work.
The average for the street closure days still shows a peak in cars at 8am, which is likely due to residents travelling to work, but we also see a noticeable increase in bicycles and pedestrians.
The evening peak for cars doesn’t happen until after the school closure in the evening at 5 pm and again we see an increase in bikes and pedestrians.
We still see a relatively high number of cars during the road closure hours. This is likely due to the location of the traffic counter picking up residents from both Darley Avenue and Godbert Avenue, which is a cul-de-sac located in the middle of the street closure area.
Glossary and other useful information
AQI – Air quality index. This tells you levels of air pollution and can provide recommendations about actions and health advice. There are various indexes available but in the UK the most commonly used is the Defra Daily Air Quality Index.
The index is based on concentrations of various pollutants, which are broken down into various levels, as shown in the table below. Different averaging periods are given depending on the pollutant. The overall index given is whichever is highest level.
We have used the following table, based on Defra’s Daily Air Quality Index, to calculate our own air quality index.
8 hour mean
|Nitrogen Dioxide, hourly mean
24 hour mean
24 hour mean
|10||≥ 240||≥ 601||≥ 71||≥ 101|
µm/m3 – micrograms per cubic metre – air pollution is given as a concentration in micrograms (one millionth of a gram or “µm”) per metre cubed (m3).
NO – Nitrogen Monoxide or Nitric Oxide. A colourless gas, Is not considered hazardous to health at typical ambient temperatures.
NO2 – Nitrogen Dioxide – a reddish, brown gas, considered a primary air pollutant. In sunny, dry conditions, NO2 can break down and release an oxygen ion and cause an increase in ozone (O3).
NO and NO2 are created when nitrogen and oxygen react at high temperature – such as in a car’s combustion engine or the heat caused during a lightning strike.
O3 – Ozone – considered a secondary pollutant. At ground level, ozone can contribute to respiratory problems.
O3 is created when NO2 breaks down. Sunlight can cause this reaction. We tend to see an inverse correlation between the two pollutants – O3 readings increasing whilst NO2 tends to drop during daylight hours, and O3 dropping whilst NO2 increases overnight.
Particulate Matter (PM) – describes the mixture of liquid and solids found in the air, such as dust or ash. PM measurements are given based on the diameter or width of the particle.
PM1 – means the mass per cubic metre of air with particles of a diameter less that 1 micrometres (µm)
PM2.5 – means the mass per cubic metre of air with particles of a diameter less than 2.5 micrometres (µm)
PM10 – means the mass per cubic metre of air with particles of a diameter less than 10. micrometres (µm)
Defra – is the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who oversee environmental policy within the UK