The Legal Services Alliance will continue to advise Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) on the upcoming Clean Air Zone.
Following their appointment in April 2019, the Alliance, which involves Squire Patton Boggs and BDB Pitmans has provided wide-ranging advice to TfGM and will continue to do so in the run-up to the zone, which is due to go live in Spring 2022.
Unlike the city centre-focused Clean Air Zones (CAZs) recently introduced in Bath and Birmingham, the Greater Manchester CAZ is substantially larger in geographical terms, covering the whole city region and featuring more than 850 number plate recognition cameras and over 2,000 road signs.
The zone is also a joint project, being implemented by all of the ten boroughs that make up Greater Manchester and being delivered by TfGM.
Squire Patton Boggs partners Nick Helm and Andrew Herring said: ‘The Greater Manchester CAZ marks a major step in the push to improve air quality in the city-region, as air pollution contributes to at least 1,200 deaths in Greater Manchester annually.
‘As Manchester-based lawyers, this is a project we and the Squire Patton Boggs Manchester office are delighted to be involved in. The Financial Support Scheme will be available to eligible GM-based businesses, people and organisations to either replace or retrofit non-compliant vehicles and will form part of the city region’s green revolution.’
BDB Pitmans’ Rahul Bijlani and Tom Henderson added: ‘We’re delighted to have been supporting TfGM, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and 10 local authorities in delivering the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone, building on our involvement in other clean air zones around the country, including Bath and Birmingham.
‘The Greater Manchester scheme is the largest and most complex CAZ to date, and is ground-breaking in that it involves a partnership of numerous local authorities to secure air quality improvements across a city-region.’
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