Queensferry Road has been revealed as one of the most polluted roads in the country, breaking legal limits.
Figures released this week by Friends of the Environment Scotland show the route leading into Edinburgh is above the Scottish air quality objective of 40 microgrammes of nitrogen dioxide per cubic metre.
When the statistics were analysed, the environmental campaign group discovered the stretch of road had 41, meaning it failed to meet a target which should have been achieved by 2005.
Nitrogen dioxide is a harmful pollutant and is known to be linked with serious health problems including heart attacks, strokes, respiratory illness and early death. Air pollution campaigner Emilia Hanna said: “Scotland’s air pollution health crisis is serious, with every major city breaking legal limits.
Air pollution causes over 2000 early deaths in Scotland each year, costing the economy £1.1 billion.”
The results have been published in light of news that the Scottish Government may face court action if it fails to act quickly enough.
Transport and environment convener Councillor Lesley Hinds said: “We are aware that there are improvements which can be made to limit emissions across Edinburgh and have made use of Scottish Government funding to investigate ways of achieving this.”