We're working hard to clean up the air we all breathe as quickly as possible.
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.
Any places where the National objectives are not likely to be achieved, it must declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) there, and subsequently produce an action plan to improve the air quality. The Greater manchester AQMA is declared for nitrogen dioxide.
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 illegally high roadside NO2 levels within legal limits as soon as possible.
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.