More than one in 19 deaths in the West Midlands' largest cities and towns are related to long term exposure to air pollution, according to a new study.

Estimates from the Centre for Cities suggest the deaths of 1,554 people in the region in one year were related to harmful toxins - 18 times the rate of deaths from traffic accidents.

Coventry and Birmingham were ranked the highest for cases, while Telford is said to have the smallest proportion of pollution-related deaths in the region.

Traffic and the burning of logs and coal named as the two air pollution factors. Credit: PA Images

The highest amount of deaths related to air pollution in the West Midlands are in Coventry. Data links it to 156 deaths in just one year - 5.5% of all adult deaths in the city.


Deaths linked to air pollution in Birmingham annually - the highest outside of London in the UK.

The report says the air pollution is caused by two factors: traffic on the roads and the burning of logs and coal.