Reporter 449, 20 March 2000

Poppleton fuming

Civic leaders in Poppleton, North Yorkshire, are having second thoughts about putting up a road sign at the level-crossing in the village centre asking motorists to switch off their engines while waiting for a train to pass, with the aim of cutting pollution levels.

The rethink follows a Women’s Institute science workshop addressed by Dr Margaret Bell of the University’s Institute for Transport Studies, who explained that turning car engines on and off for short stops can produce more pollution than simply letting them idle.

Parish councillor Pat Smith said: "I thought no fumes were better than low fumes, but I did not take into account the additional fumes which are produced when the engine is re-started."

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