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Clean Air Plan for Greater Manchester

We're working to create a Clean Air Plan for Greater Manchester together with the 9 other local authorities in Greater Manchester, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).

Why do we need a Clean Air Plan?

We need a Clean Air Plan in Greater Manchester because:

  • A report published in October 2018 shows parts of Greater Manchester have higher levels of air pollution than we previously thought.
  • A report predicts 152 stretches of road in Greater Manchester will still be in breach of legal limits for concentrations of harmful nitrogen dioxide in 2020 and beyond unless action is taken. This includes 7 roads in Rochdale borough.
  • Poor air quality is linked to a wide range of serious health problems and reduced life expectancy.
  • Pollutants contribute to 1,200 deaths a year in Greater Manchester alone.
Your health and dirty air - more about the effects of air pollution on your health.

Where are we up to in creating a Clean Air Plan?

Across Greater Manchester, we're working hard to clean up the air we all breathe. You can read where we're up to and what we've done so far to create our Clean Air Plan on the Clean Air Greater Manchester website.

GMCA aim to introduce the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan by 2021.

Clean Air Plan on Clean Air Greater Manchester website

What can you do to improve air quality?

Take a look at some ideas of changes you can make to your travel habits to help reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions on the Transport for Greater Manchester website.


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