CityBriefing: GM Clean Air Plan
- Date & Time
- Cobden 4, Manchester Central
Leaders from across Greater Manchester have shared the approach to deal with poor air quality, repeating their commitment to make Greater Manchester one of the healthiest, cleanest and greenest city-regions in Europe. A report outlines the wide-ranging proposals to tackle the urgent problem of air pollution, in particular nitrogen dioxide, across the city-region, which contributes to the equivalent of 1,200 deaths a year in Greater Manchester alone.
It puts forward a package to clean up the city-region’s bus, HGV, taxi, private hire and van fleets – future-proofing the road transport system and helping to make it fit for residents today and for generations to come.
It also proposes a Clean Air Zone covering all 10 Greater Manchester local authorities, the largest Clean Air Zone outside London. The zone would require owners of high-polluting, non-compliant HGVs, buses, taxis, private hire vehicles, vans and minibuses – but not cars – to pay a daily penalty to drive in Greater Manchester.
The report concludes that in order for these measures to be taken forward considerable financial support will be needed from government to support businesses to switch to cleaner vehicles and sustain economic growth.
CityCo and Manchester BID invite members and partners to hear from Transport for Greater Manchester to understand the plan, how businesses may be affected and to give your opinions on the plans.
Megan Black, Head of Logistics and Environment, Transport for Greater Manchester
Darryl Quantz, Consultant in Public Health, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership