Greater Manchester has set out a new ambition to become the first city-region to deliver a carbon neutral transport network, Mayor Andy Burnham and Transport Commissioner Chris Boardman have said.
Under the plans, the city region’s bus fleet will be 50% electric by 2027 and 100% electric within a decade, a move that would singlehandedly reduce carbon emissions by 1.1 million tonnes. The Greater Manchester Ring and Ride fleet will also transition to zero emission technology by 2027.
Metrolink, the city region’s tram network, already runs on 100% renewable energy, and funding has recently been secured to the develop the next stage of plans for expanding the network.
Since Greater Manchester launched its ambitious active travel vision in June 2018,around £70 million worth of schemes have been completed or are under construction. To encourage more walking trips, the city region has today published a report that shows strong evidence for zebra markings to be authorised for use on side roads to increase safety and the number of people walking to school, work and the shops.
The city-region is also introducing the UK’s largest Clean Air Zone outside of London covering almost 1,300km2 and coming into effect in May 2022. The first fleet of Greater Manchester’s Bee Network cycle hire bikes – which will be one of the largest hire schemes outside London – will also be launched later this month and will be carbon neutral.