Consultation over green transport masterplan

The Interim Mayor of Greater Manchester is asking Wigan folk to have their say on an action plan aimed at tackling air pollution.

Monday, 7th March 2016, 3:07 pm
Updated Monday, 7th March 2016, 4:11 pm
Tony Lloyd

The eight-week consultation on the draft Greater Manchester Low Emission Strategy and Air Quality Action Plan provides the public and any interested organisations with the opportunity to have their say on a range of proposals aimed at improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions which are blamed for respiratory illnesses as well as heart disease and some cancers.

The consultation is being carried out by Transport for Greater Manchester on behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

The plan includes:

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· Upgrading and renewing the bus fleet, to take advantage of the latest diesel and hybrid engine technology, and trialling the latest ultra-low-emission buses.

· Increasing the number of electric vehicle charging points to encourage uptake of electric cars and vans and a review of the success of existing “pay as you go” car clubs.

· Developing large-scale urban distribution centres and smaller urban consolidation centres which would consolidate orders for one or a group of businesses located in the same area into one consignment for final delivery by low-emission vehicles.

· Investigating the feasibility of introducing a Clean Air Zone, targeting high-emission vehicles.

Interim mayor Tony Lloyd said: “We want to hear the views of people and organisations across the city region to make sure we take the right decisions here that work for Greater Manchester and improve the lives of our communities.”