We're working hard to clean up the air we all breathe.
In Greater Manchester, the greatest health threat from air pollution is posed by road transport emissions.
The main problems are nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulates (tiny particles of soot and other matter). These are linked to a wide range of illnesses and early deaths.
An Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) was declared in 2016, as national objectives for NO2 have not been achieved, and subsequently an action plan introduced later in 2016.
The 2016 Greater Manchester Low Emission Strategy and Air Quality Action Plan concentrates on ways to tackle road transport emissions and also reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Government has also asked us to develop a new Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan. This plan will need to include measures to bring roadside NO2 levels within legal limits.
We’re already making a difference to local air quality through our current plans and activity.
And more improvements are on the way for all road users.
Greater Manchester’s Congestion Deal will deliver a whole range of measures to encourage more public transport use. In particular, measures to reduce car use for short journeys will take more cars off the road more often.
As part of the Congestion Deal a £400m investment is planned to upgrade junctions, tackle bottlenecks, provide new roads and deliver new smart traffic signals. This will improve traffic flow helping reduce air pollution hotspots.
Find out more about future measures being considered for the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan.
Every year Greater Manchester publishes an Annual Air Quality Status Report, which:
You can find the reports here.