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Public Transport: Greater Manchester

Department for Transport written question – answered on 18th October 2018.

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Photo of Jim McMahon Jim McMahon Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government) (Devolution)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to make public transport in Greater Manchester more environmentally friendly.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

In 2017 the Government published the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide and its supplements in 2018 setting out how the UK would reduce exceedances of NO2.

Greater Manchester was one of 28 local authorities directed in 2017 to take action to reduce NO2 emissions in the shortest possible time. The Government’s £3.5bn plan includes £255 million for the Implementation Fund to support councils, and £220 million for a new Clean Air Fund to support individuals and businesses affected by local plans to improve air quality.

The Government has also published its Road to Zero strategy, which sets the actions it is taking to fulfil its mission to put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles, and for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040.

Since 2013 Greater Manchester has been awarded £3.84 million to retrofit Manchester’s buses with pollution reduction technologies through the Clean Bus Technology Fund.

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