Greater Manchester Green City Region. Creating a greener, greater city region differently

Our transport and travel

Summary of the challenges and opportunities

We need to improve our air quality and reduce CO2 emissions that are produced by the way we, and the goods we use, travel within the city region. To do this, we need to reduce the amount we travel in fossil-fuel powered vehicles, by using sustainable modes and shifting away from fossil fuel powered transport to zero emissions (tailpipe) or cleaner alternatives. We also need to address exceedances of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) at the roadside, tackling the most polluting vehicles in a way that delivers compliance with the legal limits for NO2 in the shortest possible time.

Summary of our priorities

Priority 1: Increasing use of public transport and active travel modes

Priority 2: Phasing out of fossil-fuelled private vehicles and replacing them with zero emission (tailpipe) alternatives

Priority 3: Tackling the most polluting vehicles on our roads

Priority 4: Establishing a zero emissions bus fleet

Priority 5: Decarbonising freight transport and shifting freight to rail and water transport

Summary of the scale of the challenge

Priority 1:

  • Increasing the proportion of trips by sustainable modes.
  • Reducing the overall amount we travel.

Priority 2:

  • 100% of all cars are zero emissions (tailpipe) by 2035.

Priority 4:

  • 100% of all buses are zero emissions (tailpipe) by 2035

Priority 5:

  • Decarbonising freight transport, delivering a shift away from road freight and enabling more efficient freight practices


  • Walk and cycle for short journeys
  • Use public transport for longer journeys
  • Cut costs, congestion, parking problems and pollution by sharing a car with a colleague or friend.
  • Switch off your engine when at a standstill.
  • Buy an electric car – if you do, make sure you are on the right electricity tariff

Businesses and other organisations

  • Support your employees in doing the right thing, encouraging flexible working and use of public transport, cycling/ walking and car-sharing
  • Switch your car/van fleet to Electric Vehicles and consider charging infrastructure
  • When replacing other vehicles, purchase the least polluting and most efficient model
  • Maintain your fleet to minimise emissions

What we need from government policy

  • Long-term sustainable funding, including a fully devolved, long-term infrastructure budget
  • Greater powers, including over rail franchising stations and support decisions around reform of the bus market.
  • Test Mobility as a Service approaches
  • Radically improve connectivity with other UK cities .
  • Invest in rail electrification or in piloting low carbon alternatives (such as hydrogen)

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

  • Collaborate closely with stakeholders to support local area improvement of travel services and infrastructure

  • Work with partners and stakeholders to assist with improvement of local air quality

  • Monitor the environmental impacts associated with suppliers’ transport and logistics and work with them to find ways to minimise their traffic burden

Local Authorities

  • Procure zero emission (tailpipe) cars/ vans where suitable and cost effective when we come to replace existing fleet and keep under review the options for other types of vehicles

Local policy

  • Implement the 2040 Transport Strategy Delivery Plan, including in the next 5 years:
  • Implementing the Mayor’s Challenge Fund for walking and cycling
  • Implementing a “Streets for All” approach to street design and management.
  • Expanding and promoting the city region’s Electric Vehicle charging network and aim to complete the businesses case for further expansion.
  • Continue to develop a Full Business Case of proposals to reduce NO2 exceedances to submit to government by the end of 2019. Subject to approval and sufficient government funding being received as a result, measures will then be implemented as set out in the Full Business Case.
  • Implementing a programme to retrofit existing buses to reduce emissions (subject to funding).
  • Assessing and developing a roadmap to deliver a zero emission bus fleet
  • Assessing and developing a roadmap to reduce freight emissions and support modal shift.
Visit the main Platform site