Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan Consultation

Closed 3 Dec 2020

Opened 8 Oct 2020


Government is working with more than 60 local authorities across the UK to improve air quality. Greater Manchester has received a direction from Government to introduce a Clean Air Plan to bring nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels within legal limits in "the shortest possible time and by 2024 at the latest".

As air pollution does not respect geographic boundaries, the ten Greater Manchester (GM) local authorities (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Trafford, Tameside and Wigan) have come together to produce a joint plan. This co-ordinated approach is seen as the most effective way to deal with a problem that affects all parts of Greater Manchester and will not be remedied on a site-by-site or district-by-district basis. The Clean Air Plan is being co-ordinated by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).

The core aim of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan is to remove ALL roadside concentrations of NO2 that have been forecast to exceed the legal limits in the shortest possible time in line with Government guidance. Greater Manchester expects that once the Clean Air Plan has been implemented, by 2024 roadside NO2 limits will have been met across Greater Manchester.

What can you have a say on?

Some elements of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan proposals are requirements which have been legally instructed by Government as a result of a Ministerial Direction, (following proposals submitted by GM). These elements are not open to change, and so we are not seeking feedback on these through the consultation.

The elements that are fixed include:

  • The requirement for a Category C Clean Air Zone
  • The type of vehicles which should pay a charge
  • The timing of the implementation of the Clean Air Zone in Greater Manchester.

You can have your say on key elements of the proposals, including the proposed Clean Air Zone boundary, daily charges for non-compliant vehicles, discounts and exemptions, and support funding. 

Follow the link at the bottom of the page to visit the Clean Air Greater Manchester webpages where you can find out more and give your views on the proposals. You can also register to attend one of the webinars or drop-in sessions. You will find the dates of these on the Clean Air Greater Manchester webpages. 

The consultation is open until 11:59pm on Thursday 3rd December. 

For further support, including hard copies of consultation documents, please call 0161 244 1100