Air pollution is Greater Manchester’s number one environmental public health problem – and it's time for change. With a focus on the need to protect our health and for a cleaner environment, Greater Manchester leaders have set out ambitious proposals to improve air quality. Take a closer look at what the plans could mean for you and how to get your voice heard. Why do we need a Clean Air Plan? Across the UK more than 60 areas have been instructed by government to improve air quality. Greater Manchester is one of those after more than 250 locations on around 150 roads were identified as needing action. This is to help meet the legal limits for harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions which are often highest by busy roads and in large urban areas. It is well documented that NO2 can be harmful to your health, causing shortness of breath and coughing as it inflames the lining of the lungs. Older diesel vehicles are the main source of road-based NO2 emissions in Greater … [Read more...] about What is the plan for Greater Manchester to have cleaner air?
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An influential rail industry body wants city regions like Greater Manchester to be given more powers to control their commuter rail services. The proposals represent another major call for public transport devolution from central government. The Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents train companies and Network Rail, has revealed its submissions to the Williams Rail Review, which was set up last September to look at the structure of the rail industry as a whole in the wake of the crippling timetable chaos of summer 2018. It's expected to publish recommendations for radical reform in the autum. The RDG suggests bodies like Transport for the North in 'mass commuter areas' should be allowed to govern over passenger trains in a shake-up to the current franchise system. And it said the London Overground network should be 'viewed as a model for future arrangements in other parts of the country'. The submissions were welcomed by the mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, who said the … [Read more...] about Call for Greater Manchester to be given more powers to run its rail services
The health watchdog - Care Quality Commission (CQC) - has had plenty to keep it busy so far this year, inspecting care homes in Greater Manchester and Cheshire. The CQC send in inspectors to make sure the accommodation and staff provide residents with a safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led service. They then give the care homes ratings of either: outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate. Throughout 2019 we will publish the results of each care home whose inspection result was published, along with what the experts had to say. Here are the ratings and reports for GP surgeries in the region published in January, February and March: Berkeley House - Good Address: Cuerden Developments Limited, Berkeley House, Ellesmere Road, Wigan, WN5 9LA Report published: 1 January Overall rating: Good Safe: Good Effective: Good Caring: Outstanding Responsive: Good Well-led: Good What the inspectors had to say: "People living at the home … [Read more...] about Every care home inspection rating for Greater Manchester published in 2019
Greater Manchester is saddling up for what could be the country’s biggest cycle-hire scheme. The bikes would help people get the most from the thousands of miles of interlinked cycling and walking lanes planned under Olympian Chris Boardman’s Bee Network project. To date, 24 routes in the 10-year masterplan for joined-up journeys have been confirmed – and a new tranche is due to be announced later this week. City cycling guru Boardman wants the £1.5bn network – originally dubbed Beelines – to create an environment in which walking and cycling are attractive alternatives to using the car. He was tasked by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham to develop the scheme in order to ease congestion and tackle poor air quality – as well as boost people’s health and fitness levels. And he told transport chiefs that the proposal for the region-wide bike hire scheme – possibly the biggest in the country – will go before local leaders … [Read more...] about Greater Manchester could have country’s largest cycle-hire scheme
Most buses, lorries and taxis WILL be charged to drive in and around Greater Manchester from 2021, under plans being unveiled today - followed by the dirtiest vans from 2023, as leaders look to slash deadly pollution levels. Clean air proposals outlined in a paper going before council leaders and the mayor on Friday reveal buses and lorries would pay £100 a day in a bid to cut nitrogen dioxide in the air, while taxis and vans would see a £7.50 daily penalty. The plans - the early stages of which we revealed last year - would have to be accompanied by a £116m scrappage scheme, according to the region’s draft pitch to government. Charging cars to drive into the city centre, an idea that had at one stage been firmly on the table, is no longer being suggested. The move comes after government ordered councils in Greater Manchester and dozens of others across the country to draw up radical plans aimed at slashing diesel-related pollution levels to legal levels as soon as … [Read more...] about How Greater Manchester’s planned road pollution tax will work