Carnforth Air Quality Management Area (AQMA)


The National Air Quality Strategy for England and Wales has set health-related air quality objectives for eight air pollutants. These objectives have various averaging times and may apply at different locations. For example the annual average objective for the pollutant Nitrogen Dioxide is a concentration in air of 40 microgrammes per cubic metre and this applies only at residential properties.

For seven air pollutants, local authorities must periodically review and assess local air quality to identify any locations where air quality objectives are unlikely to be achieved. An air quality management area (AQMA) must be declared wherever the objectives are unlikely to be achieved by the dates they come into force.

In central Carnforth an Air Quality Management Area has been declared (details below) due primarily to exhaust emissions from road traffic.

Details of Carnforth air quality management area
Declared: July 2007
Extent: Part of central Carnforth centred on the junction between Market Street (West) and the A6. The Order contains a plan and list of road links.
Pollutants: Nitrogen Dioxide - annual average objective only
Sources: Road traffic exhaust emissions

An extended network of nitrogen dioxide monitoring points has been running since 2005.  A Further Assessment (file size 3MB) technical report has been prepared, informing the draft air quality action plan for Carnforth.  The new M6/Heysham link Road opened in October 2016. We are currently monitoring the impact of this change for Carnforth. Revised air quality action arrangements will be included under the Transport Master Plan for Lancaster (available at


Last updated: 11 August 2017