Air pollution levels on a main road in Basingstoke is no longer a concern.

A government direction was put in place to tackle Nitrogen Dioxide levels on the A339 around the A33 exit to Reading in October 2018.

It was believed that the area would not be compliant with regulations before 2020, however this has since been withdrawn.

A more detailed study carried out by Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council has shown that the Nitrogen Dioxide levels in the area are already below the limits.

In fact, they’re predicted to continue decreasing into 2020 and 2021.

Councillor Hayley Eachus, Cabinet Member for Environment and Enforcement, said: “This is really positive news but it is important that we continue taking action to improve air quality in the borough.

“Councillors have collectively agreed towards becoming a carbon neutral council by 2025 and a carbon neutral borough by 2030.”

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council were considering whether decreasing the speed limit along the affected route would bring it below the required levels.

Nitrogen Dioxide is mainly produced by road traffic when nitric oxide, emitted by motor vehicles, combines with oxygen in the air.

They can play a role in the formation of acid rain and long-term exposure can cause problems to health, including acute bronchitis.

Cllr Eachus has also called for residents “to do their bit to help clear the air.”

She said: “Simple steps, like using your car less, switching off your engine while you’re waiting and thinking about the fuel you use in your own home can add up to make a big difference.”

The council’s website also recommends taking public transport, car sharing or cycling to work, as well as turning your engine off whilst in traffic and driving more efficiently.

According to the website, “cutting back on a few miles a week could add up to make a big difference”.