The Anonymous Widower

Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone Plans Put On Hold

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

These are the first four paragraphs.

The controversial rollout of Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) has been delayed.

The scheme, which would see some high-emission vehicles face daily charges, had been due to begin at the end of May. Private cars would be exempt.

The government said the pause would allow for consultation and a revised plan was due in July.

Regional mayor Andy Burnham had earlier asked the government to delay the scheme.

If Manchester don’t bring the pollution levels down, Client Earth are threatening legal action.

But to me, as a pedestrian, I do find Manchester City Centre a difficult place to walk, compared to say Birmingham or Liverpool, as the traffic seems to move about at a fast pace.

But then I blame Harold Wilson, who cancelled the Picc-Vic tunnel.

Liverpool and Newcastle received their beneficial cross-city tunnels, but Harold Wilson said that everyone would have their own cars, so we won’t need railways.

February 5, 2022 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , ,


  1. The Clean Air Zone as planned would be very problematic because small businesses could afford an electric vehicle, and in the more congested parts of the city, they wouldn’t have anywhere to charge their car. On the rare occasions I go into Manchester it is usually to somewhere around Media City, and so when we aren’t in a pandemic, I drive to East Didsbury park and ride, and get on the tram with my mobility scooter. I rarely shop in Manchester. But as a disabled person with a Motability Car and a Blue Badge I would be exempt I presume, as I am exempt for all other charge – congestion charges, bit of M6 which you pay a toll for, the parts of London where you pay etc. The lack of a PicC Vic” line had been an issue for many years – I remember we took the children to Halifax to Eureka on the train. And we had to walk them to Victoria from Piccadilly. Which on a Saturday is not fun! There is now a proper link of some sort, but not sure whether it is train, bus to tram.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | February 5, 2022 | Reply

    • I wonder if Manchester’s problem is that there are too many councils, who don’t agree with each other. London for instance has a commn form of map to aid walkers, but Manchester has one tpe and Salford has another.

      Comment by AnonW | February 5, 2022 | Reply

      • I thought the benefit of a regional mayor (I.e. Andy Burnham) was to help coordinate regional transport across multiple councils

        (Ditto Andy Street in Birmingham, similar multi council issues).

        Comment by Milest | February 6, 2022

  2. Birmingham seems to be able to handle the problem.

    Comment by AnonW | February 6, 2022 | Reply

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