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SALFORD COUNCIL WITH 48 ILLEGAL ROADS ORDERED TO PRODUCE CLEAN AIR PLAN
 

Star date: 4th August 2017

'CHARGING ZONES' COULD BE IMPLEMENTED IN SALFORD

Salford City Council, which manages 48 roads that are above legal pollution limits, has been ordered by the Government to produce a clean air local action plan.

The Government has listed a range of measures that could be implemented which include "access restrictions on vehicles, such as charging zones" but Friends of the Earth has slammed the lack of immediate action.

Full details here...


Government action proposed for local authorities on clean air
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Government tables show that Salford Council manages 48 roads with illegal pollution levels, ie with toxic nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels, and is one of the authorities ordered to produce a clean air local action plan.*

The Government's 'UK's plan for reducing roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' puts the onus on local councils to sort out the health of their citizens who are currently breathing dangerous air.

"We will provide direct financial support to enable local authorities to develop and implement their plans, and pursue national measures to reinforce their efforts" the Government report states "And we will require those local plans to be developed and implemented at pace so that air quality limits are achieved within the shortest time possible.

"In developing their local plans to tackle the causes of air pollution, local authorities should consider a wide range of innovative options, exploring new technologies and seeking to support the government's industrial strategy so that they can deliver reduced emissions in a way that best meets the needs of their communities and local businesses" it adds.

Recommendations include 'changing road layouts at congestion and air pollution pinch points; encouraging public and private uptake of ULEVs; using innovative retrofitting technologies and new fuels; and, encouraging the use of public transport."

However, the report adds that "If these measures are not sufficient, local plans could include access restrictions on vehicles, such as charging zones or measures to prevent certain vehicles using particular roads at particular times."

The Government is to set up a £225 Implementation Fund with a 'competitive process' under which local authorituies can bid for support but has been slated by Friends of the Earth, which argues that the air quality plan will leave 'thousands breathing dangerous air in the North West'...

"Oldham is predicted to have illegal levels of air pollution until at least 2020 according to the Government's own figures but the latest government Air Quality Plan does not require them to take any action to fix this" the enviroment charity states "Conversely, Salford and Trafford are expected to produce a clean air local action plan, even though they are predicted to have an air pollution problem for the same length of time."

Friends of the Earth also criticises the Government for not introducing Clean Air Zones areas in which the most polluting vehicles are charged to enter - preferring to merely task councils with producing more local plans, meaning more delays...

"Ministers know as well as anyone that Clean Air Zones are essential to give us breathable air fast" says Richard Dyer, Friends of the Earth North of England campaigner "The fact that they have not only not failed to introduce the best measure to protect people's health, but put in place no new measures at all, is an absolute scandal."

* In April, Greenpeace produced an interactive map showing Salford nurseries most affected by the polluted roads - see previous Salford Star article - click here

See also previous Salford Star article - Salford named as one of national pollution danger hotspots - click here

Gareth L wrote
at 9:20:01 AM on Tuesday, August 8, 2017
I'm sure more green spaces would help, instead of development, development development.
 
wrote
at 8:41:14 AM on Tuesday, August 8, 2017
This is something that a lot of cities in England are looking at. Air pollution is something that we can reduce and burning fossil fuels and construction projects may contribute to the problem in Salford. That is why some Manchester builders practice green building. Theres a lot more information online, https://www.freeindex.co.uk/profile(a-oxley-son-building-contractors-ltd)_733135.htm
 
Amanda Bickerton wrote
at 7:23:15 AM on Monday, August 7, 2017
The Get Me There card at the moment provides all-operator tickets and combined bus and tram tickets. However, with the Bus Bill having gone through parliament, the GM Mayor will have powers to re-regulate bus services in the city-region, including the power to set fares and routes, something akin to Transport for London, which should put an end to fare inequalities and make public transport more affordable.
 
Mike Kelly wrote
at 1:22:11 PM on Saturday, August 5, 2017
Jon Smith I am aware of the Get me there card , my issue is about standardising fares like they do in London. You know exactly what you will pay for a journey within a specific zone, unlike the situation I described above. My understanding of the "Get me" card was it allowed ease of payment rather than regulating fares.
 
Jon Smith wrote
at 4:52:10 AM on Saturday, August 5, 2017
Mike Kelly, you should keep up with the current news. Andy Burnham, has introduced a card like the oystercard, its call Get me there card and can be used on bus or trams at the moment, he is working with the train providers to get them to get involved but this could be up to 4 years to implement, go on line or go to www.myblogs4pendleton.blogspot.co.uk and read the item dated the 2nd August, there is also a link to the website to get the card.
 
Mike Kelly wrote
at 1:15:31 PM on Friday, August 4, 2017
Running cars at 20 mph down Chapel St & The Crescent does not help.TFGM will have to look at ways of making Public Transport cheaper and more accessible. No 38 bus into town from Sutton Flats £1.50 same journey on the No 37 from Manchester to Halton Bank £2.70 . Andy Burnham should look to introduce a system like the Oystercard and also undo the deregulation we have seen over the last years. You will not get people out of their cars whilst whole estates are served by the occasional bus at extortionate prices.
 
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