Air quality action plan

What is an air quality action plan?

Once an air quality management area (AQMA) has been declared, the Council must develop an action plan that sets out how it will work towards achieving the air quality objectives.

Does Salford have an air quality action plan?

Salford together with the other Greater Manchester local authorities has declared a Greater Manchester wide AQMA. We have worked together with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to develop a Low Emissions Strategy and Air Quality Action Plan to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions across the region. This plan is aligned with other regional strategies and plans such as the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, Greater Manchester 2040 Transport Strategy, Greater Manchester Cycling and Walking Strategy and the Congestion Deal.

Because the majority of air quality pollutant emissions are road transport related, actions that will have an impact fall into the themes of:

  • Changing travel behaviour
  • Managing emissions
  • Greening vehicle fleets 
  • Awareness raising

In addition to the Air Quality Action Plan, TfGM is also conducting detailed feasibility studies on behalf of the Greater Manchester local authorities to identify how best to meet air quality legal limits for nitrogen dioxide as soon as possible. This is known as the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan. Information specific to taxis and private hire vehicles can be found on the licensing pages.

How will progress on implementing the air quality action plan be reported?

The Greater Manchester local authorities, through the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and TfGM will produce an annual joint air quality Annual Status Report, which will outline progress with implementing actions set out in the air quality action plan and provide a summary of the latest annual air quality monitoring results.

Further information

Examples of actions taken to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions by the Council can be found on the climate change, smoke, industrial pollution, nuisance, cycling and walking pages.

Examples of actions being taken at a Greater Manchester level can be found on the Clean Air Greater Manchester website.

This page was last updated on 9 April 2019

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