Air quality has improved in Cambridge since coronavirus restrictions began

Cambridge city centre in lockdown Credit: ITV Anglia

New data that shows that air quality in Cambridge has improved since restrictions were put in place to help slow the spread of Covid-19.

The report, developed by the Greater Cambridge Partnership, Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridge City Council, gives an initial assessment of how the outbreak affected the way people moved around the city during the initial lockdown.

It shows that nitrogen dioxide levels in the city centre are 33 per cent lower than the average level of the last three years.

There's been a 56 per cent reduction in the number of vehicles in the city and a significant drop in bus and delivery vehicles.

An average decrease of 39 per cent in daily cycle counts were also found as well as a 26 per cent reduction in pedestrians.

This report will now be published once a month throughout the pandemic so local authorities can continue to draw up plans to make it easier for people to travel around while social distancing measures are in place.