Next steps for Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan

We're committed to cleaning up the air our residents breathe - but in a way that helps people to make the change to cleaner vehicles and does not put jobs, livelihoods and businesses at risk.

Government agreed that the Greater Manchester charging Clean Air Zone would not go ahead on 30 May 2022.

The original Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan was designed to comply with a legal direction from government issued before the coronavirus pandemic. Since then there have been significant changes in the market for vehicles compliant with Clean Air Zone standards, particularly vans, and the cost of living has increased.

Greater Manchester local authorities have submitted the case for a new investment-led Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan, with no charging Clean Air Zone, to government.A response is expected from government after the new Prime Minister is in place. 

While Greater Manchester waits for feedback from government, participatory policy development will take place with key stakeholders to develop and shape the new Clean Air Plan Policy, including proposals for funding support. A public consultation on the new Clean Air Plan proposals will then take place in early 2023, subject to government feedback.

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What is air pollution?

You can’t always see it, but air pollution is all around us. It comes from many sources and can be very damaging to our health.

We can breathe harmful gases and tiny particles deep into our lungs. Some of the smallest particles may also pass into our blood streams.

By learning more about air pollution you can help tackle it and protect your health.

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