Living Streets wants all Greater Manchester to be healthier, cleaner and less congested – by making walking safer, more pleasant and the easiest option for short journeys we can make change happen.


And with new proposals for improvements to the region's streets and infrastructure appearing regularly at the moment, this is a crucial time for us to feed in.

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Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan
Have your say

Councils in Greater Manchester Combined Authority are working together to develop a Clean Air Plan - and they are seeking local residents' input.

As part of its clean air conversation, it has released proposals which currently include measures they say will help tackle some of the region's most polluting vehicles, including:

  • a Clean Air Zone which the most polluting commercial vehicles would have to pay to drive in
  • funding to support businesses to change to cleaner vehicles
  • an increase in electric vehicle charging points.

Living Streets welcomes the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone. However we believe the proposals need to go further.


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Respond to the Clean Air Conversation yourself

Greater Manchester Combined Authority's Clean Air conversation is open until Sunday, 30 June 2019.





Here are some things we encourage you to include in your response to the consultation. You can also download our air quality consultation how-to guide for some top tips on what to say to strengthen your message.


The introduction of a charging Clean Air Zone, alongside a package of support to help local businesses to adapt, is most welcome. 

What you might add:

However, the CAZ does not go far enough, and should include charges for private cars too. 

The only way to sustainably reduce traffic and encourage the greatest modal shift towards walking, cycling and public transport is to restrict access by all vehicle categories. 

The proposal to help people to use their cars less, especially for shorter journeys is welcome.

What you might add:

It would be good to see specific plans and targets for how this will be achieved. 

In particular Greater Manchester ought to set a specific target for increasing walking in general and to at least match the government target of getting 55% of primary school children walking to school by 2025. 

Schools that take part in Living Streets' WOW walk to school challenge typically see walking rates rise by 23%.  

The proposal for ‘further work to improve the walking network across Greater Manchester by having more high-quality footpaths and improving road crossings’ is most welcome. 

What you might add:

This should be a top priority, with streets and developments being planned to prioritise walking, cycling and public transport. 

Living Streets notes that Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles (ULEVs) still release harmful particulate matter and contribute to congestion. 

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Creating a buzz in the city

Whether its the Beelines innovative plan to create a city-region-wide cycling and walking network made up of more than 1,000 miles of routes plus 1,400 safer road crossings, Transport for Greater Manchester are leading the way. They are asking for people of Manchester to have their say through various consultations running. The vision is to give priority to the movement of people and where more public spaces to sit, play and socialise will be created.

Living Streets Chief Executive, Joe Irvin says:

"We are excited to see this next stage in Chris Boardman’s ambitious plans to make Greater Manchester a great place for people."

Read our full statement on Beelines

More on the Transport for Greater Manchester website

These are our campaign aims in Greater Manchester



  1. Appoint a walking and cycling champion
  2. Clean up the air and free up space
  3. Create people-friendly town and city centres
  4. Make our roads safer
  • Appoint a senior walking and cycling champion for Greater Manchester within the first 100 days who will oversee a transformative behaviour change programme encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to walk and cycle more – improving Greater Manchester for everyone. 

  • Set up an ambitious low emission zone that aims to reduce vehicle emissions, cut congestion and help pay for public realm and public transport improvements that will make Greater Manchester a better place to live, visit and work. Mandate TfGM to assess the feasibility of a smart road-pricing scheme for Manchester city centre that compliments the low emission zone.

  • Invest in walking friendly town centres and safe routes to school across Greater Manchester that encourage people to make local journeys on foot, helps regenerate communities and brings more customers to local businesses.

  • Adopt a ‘Vision Zero’ approach to road safety, that puts the elimination of road danger at the heart of the transport system and commit to 20mph speed limits across Greater Manchester on streets where people live, work and shop.

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Living Streets is calling on the new leaders in our major UK cities to make their cities healthier, cleaner and less congested.



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