Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham highlighted the city region’s “bold ambitions” for greener travel at a conference to discuss the future of transport in the North.
The mayor gave the keynote address at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP)’s Moving North conference on 12 April.
“At our Green Summit in March, over 700 people came together to help us set a pathway for making Greater Manchester one of the greenest city-regions in Europe”, Andy Burnham said.
“Low carbon transport is clearly a vital component of that ambition. Proposals on the table include establishing a new public sector-led commercial model for the Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle (GMEV) charging network this year and doubling the size of the network.”
LowCVP managing director, Andy Eastlake, said that the future of transport would be “driven by ever-tighter regulation of carbon dioxide and pollutant emissions, coupled with growing demand from users for cleaner and more efficient vehicles and the energy to power them.”
Andy Burnham said the city region must be “bold in our ambitions" to capitalise on the business opportunities of these trends.
“If we are to tackle the challenges involved in reducing transport emissions in the region, and support growing demand for greener travel, it is vital that we bring all sectors together and move as one.
“Being among the first to fully embrace new green technologies has the potential to bring huge economic advantages, and Greater Manchester is primed and ready to take that step.
“The automotive industry is hugely important for jobs in the UK, and the next generation of ultra-low emission vehicles will provide huge opportunities for our digital and manufacturing sectors.”
The mayor has also unveiled a Congestion Deal with residents and businesses to encourage greener travel behaviour.