Welcome to JorAir!
Find out about air quality in York
Welcome to JorAir - City of York Council's new air quality website. The site has recently had an overhaul, to update various sections and address some accessibility issues - we hope you like the new look!
Latest news is published below as and when it happens...check back regularly for updates!
The various sections of the site can be accessed using the menu to the right of the page. Kids, you can click on the image below to go straight to the fun stuff!
You are visiting an award winning website!
City of York Council’s Environmental Protection Unit were delighted to scoop Air Quality Bulletin’s first prize award in the 2014 website review.
JorAir was one of only 7 websites to receive the maximum 5 stars for content. Jack Pease, editor of the Air Quality Bulletin publication, commented “once again we think York is our winner with its JorAir dedicated website underlining the good work that the city is doing on air quality”.
Posted 22nd September 2014
York sightseeing bus given an electric makeover
One of York’s renowned City Sight Seeing buses has become the first double-decker bus in the world to be converted from diesel to full electric drive. The electric bus can travel zero emission all day long without needing to charge and will eliminate the emission of 33 tonnes of CO2 and more than 535 kg of poisonous NOx per year.
The council was awarded £75,433 in October 2013 to convert the 15-year old City Sightseeing bus to fully electric drive, after successfully bidding for the Department for Transport’s Clean Bus Technology Fund.
Posted 3rd September 2014
Fellows Take part in Environmental Pollution and Monitoring Week
City of York Council’s Air Quality Team recently delivered a lecture on air quality to fellows of the CAPACITIE project (University of York). Topics covered included air quality monitoring techniques, Air Quality Action Planning and Low Emission Strategies.
The lecture was part of the second formal training event for the CAPACITIE fellows, which focussed on environmental pollution.
Posted 25th July 2014
All electric Park and Ride fleet for new Poppleton Bar site
York’s two new and extended Park&Ride (P&R) sites at Poppleton Bar and Askham Bar opened on Sunday 8 June. Now with six P&R sites, York is set to have one of the largest Park&Ride services in the UK. Last year it supported over four million journeys, almost four times that in the year 2000.
York has become the first city to introduce an all electric park and ride fleet from a P&R site. Six new Optare Versa EVs will run on service 59 between Poppleton Bar and York city centre every 10 minutes during the day, 7-days a week. Made available through the government’s Green Bus Fund, the new buses are manufactured by local company Optare and will save over 7,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions in York over their lifespan. As the buses have zero tailpipe emissions, they will also help to improve local air quality.
Posted 13th June 2014
Tyre Fire in Sherburn-in-Elmet
City of York Council’s Air Quality Team have been working alongside the Environment Agency to monitor the impact of a large scale tyre fire.
Using data from the council’s extensive real-time air quality network, the team were able to assist the EA in assessing any potential impact on York.
The fire, involving more than 15,000 tonnes of tyres, started on Thursday at the Newgen Recycling Centre in Sherburn-in-Elmet, near Leeds.
Posted 22nd January 2014