Manchester sets out pollution plan

An eight-week public consultation has started on Greater Manchester’s Low Emission Strategy and Air Quality Action Plan.

The consultation is being carried out by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) on behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

The Plan focuses on ‘key priority areas’ in urban centres and near major roads, which currently fail to meet UK Government and EU air quality objectives.

The proposals include upgrading and renewing the bus fleet, to take advantage of the latest diesel and hybrid technology, and trialling the latest ultra-low-emission buses.

Launching the plan, says Greater Manchester Interim Mayor Tony Lloyd: “Air quality and carbon emissions are two of the key challenges facing Greater Manchester. The draft Plan sets out a range of important measures and policies which can help us solve this problem.”

Comments will be taken into consideration before the Plan is finalised later in 2016.

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