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Clean Air Plan

Greater Manchester taking action to improve air quality on local roads – now and for future generations.

Air pollution is linked to a range of very serious health conditions and contributes to early deaths.

Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is a major air pollutant in towns and cities and is the main type of air pollution being tackled by the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan (external website, opens in new tab): a joint approach being developed by the ten local authorities working closely with government.

Greater Manchester is 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.

The original Clean Air Plan was developed before the pandemic, but Greater Manchester is now working with government to deliver a new Plan by July 2022. The Plan will meet the new government direction for compliance with legal limits for NO2 on local roads in the shortest possible time and by no later than 2026. The £120m government funding is still in place to help affected people upgrade to compliant vehicles to support the implementation of a new Plan.

illustration of people enjoying clean air