Egis has been awarded a new contract to help deliver what it says is the largest Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in the UK.
It will set up and operate an end-to-end service for Greater Manchester’s CAZ programme for the next five years with Yunex Traffic and Imperial Civil Enforcement Solutions.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is delivering the CAZ project on behalf of the 10 Greater Manchester local authorities.
A trial and testing period will run over four months between February and May next year.
Due to launch on 30 May 2022, the CAZ will operate seven days a week, 24 hours a day, enforced by Yunex's 900 ANPR cameras.
The aim of the CAZ is to comply with nitrogen dioxide (NO2) legal limits on local roads by 2024 at the latest.
“This contract is aligned to our overall vision for the digitalisation and environmental transition of city services,” says Renaud Beziade, Egis CEO of project structuring, operation and new services.
Yunex is involved in a similar project in another UK city, Birmingham.
Councillor Andrew Western, the city's lead for clean air, said air pollution is "the biggest environmental public health issue facing the city-region and contributes to around 1,200 deaths in Greater Manchester alone each year".
The contract period is for five and a half years with possible extensions for another three.