The Challenge

Transport accounts for around one-third of carbon emissions in Greater Manchester. So changing the way we move around our city-region will have a huge impact.

It will also help to clean up the air we breathe. This couldn’t be more important as air pollution contributes to over 1,200 deaths in Greater Manchester each year.

What we need to do

To do this, we need to reduce our reliance on cars and move to more sustainable ways of travel like walking, cycling and public transport.

We also need a shift away from using high-polluting vehicles – choosing cleaner, greener options, like electric.

Transporting goods by road to more planet-friendly options like rail will also help reduce the negative impact.

If each one of us made small changes to the way we get about Greater Manchester – travelling less and making short journeys on foot or by bike – it would make a huge difference!

What are we doing?

Encouraging and enabling people to make active and sustainable travel choices is central to Greater Manchester’s vision for a fully integrated, London-style transport system – the ‘Bee Network’. Work has started to accelerate this shift to greener, more environmentally friendly modes.

The city-region is set to deliver the UK’s largest Cycling and Walking network and is expanding and enhancing public transport. This means new and improved interchanges, stops and stations, improved Metrolink capacity and bringing bus services back under local control so that everyone has access to better buses with simpler fares and ticketing.

Over 100km of new cycling and walking route are set to be on the ground by the end of 2021 and 500 miles by end of 2025. This will be complemented by the roll-out of the new Greater Manchester Bike Hire scheme, launching in November this year.

The city-region also has an ambitious vision for electric vehicles (EVs). By 2030, anyone who chooses to travel by car or van will be able to confidently drive an EV knowing that they can recharge it quickly and conveniently across the region. There are around 360 publicly available EV chargers in Greater Manchester with approximately 700 connectors. By 2025, it’s estimated that we’ll need 2,700 fast and 300 rapid public chargers to meet demand.

On top of this, all ten Greater Manchester local authorities have worked together to develop a joint Clean Air Plan. This will bring levels of harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air pollution on local roads within legal limits as soon as possible. The plan includes a Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Zone, due to be introduced on 30 May 2022. Commercial vehicles that do not meet emission standards would pay a daily charge to travel in the Zone. Greater Manchester has secured more than £120m clean vehicle funding from government to enable local businesses to prepare for the Zone by upgrading to cleaner, greener vehicles.


The Bee Network
Going Electric – You’re in Charge
Clean Air Plan
Five Year Environment Plan Summary
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