Manchester City Council

Statement in response to TfGM's release: "full extent of GM's air quality problem revealed in new report"

Air pollution is a serious public health concern and we welcome the Greater Manchester-wide focus on this urgent issue.

Councillor Angeliki Stogia, Executive Member for Environment, Planning and Transport for Manchester City Council, said: "Air pollution is a serious public health concern and we welcome the Greater Manchester-wide focus on this urgent issue. 

"It has been estimated that across Greater Manchester air pollution contributes to more than 1,000 premature deaths every year. 

"By far the biggest cause of this pollution, some 80%, is transport  - with diesel vehicles being the largest source.

"Doing nothing to improve this situation is not an option. Not only are local authorities responsible for ensuring air quality is legally compliant but crucially we have a duty to help protect the health of Manchester people and save lives.

"We need to have a conversation with Manchester people about the problem and potential solutions, at both a city and Greater Manchester level, before taking any decisions. But we do need to act sooner rather than later to radically improve air quality. 

"Every one of us will need to do our bit, from individuals thinking about how they travel around the city to local authorities looking at how we promote positive transport choices that will improve the air we all breathe. 

"In order to reduce the level of air pollution as quickly as possible, Transport for Greater Manchester, on behalf of all ten councils, have been looking at all the potential options available. This includes Clean Air Zones which involve financial penalties for the most polluting vehicles."

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