Action plan: what we are doing
Manchester is already tackling polluted air and working with partners and organisations across the city to drive improvements.
What we’ve done so far:
- funding the free city centre bus, connecting transport hubs with work and shopping destinations
- improved bus and cycle lanes along key commuter roads, creating safer cycle routes where cyclists are separated from traffic for the majority of the route
- encouraged people to change their travel choices, to use public transport, walk or use their bikes more
- improved traffic flow, and reduced the number of vehicles travelling along the Oxford Road Corridor
- promoted clean air initiatives such as Clean Air Day and anti-idling campaigning with schools
- encouraged schools to take part in transport-related initiatives and events such as Walk to School Week and Bike Week
- introduced requirement for all major developments to consider air quality impacts and mitigate where necessary, including travel plans and electric vehicle charge points
What we’re working on:
- developing Beelines to make it safer, easier and more appealing to walk and cycle in the city
- more air quality awareness programmes to encourage people to take action against air pollution
- improving traffic flow to reduce congestion and idling on key routes into the city
- developing a new clean air plan for the city that aims to tackle the issues that contribute to poor air quality and impact on the health of our most vulnerable residents
- considering introducing clean air zones across the city
- working more with schools to support walking/cycling, anti-idling, and trialling ‘green screens’ around playgrounds
- promoting the contribution of green infrastructure across the city
- introducing tighter controls on taxi emissions.
We're also working on a Greater Manchester wide action plan.