In support of Greater Manchester’s aim to drive the growth of a healthy and sustainable city-region, Egis have been awarded a significant new contract to help deliver the largest Clean Air Zone in the UK.
Egis have signed a ground-breaking contract to set up and operate an end-to-end service for Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ)* program for the next five years. The Egis led team will comprise our key supply chain partners Yunex Traffic (the new name for Siemens Mobility’s Intelligent Traffic Systems business) and Imperial Civil Enforcement Solutions Limited.
The Clean Air Zone is anticipated to launch on 30 May 2022 and will operate seven days a week, 24 hours a day. It will be enforced by a network of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, manufactured and supplied by Yunex Traffic from within the UK. Vehicles liable to pay the charge will pay using the government’s online portal with discounts and exemptions available for some vehicle types.
The aim of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone is to secure compliance with nitrogen dioxide (NO2) legal limits on local roads in the shortest possible time, and by 2024 at the latest, by:
Reducing the use of non-compliant high emitting vehicles.
Changing the behaviour of users of the transport network.
Encouraging those that have to travel by road to upgrade to cleaner vehicles.
As part of this project, Egis will be responsible for the successful installation and delivery of the following key aspects of the service, including the installation and maintenance of close to 900 ANPR cameras, a public-facing CAZ office to handle payments, discounts, exemptions and financial reconciliation along with any Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) that are issued to non-payers of the charge.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is delivering the Clean Air Zone project on behalf of the 10 Greater Manchester local authorities.
The project implementation phase will begin in earnest from July 2021 with an implementation period through to the end of January 2022.
The extensive trial and testing period will run over four months between February and May 2022.
The Clean Air Zone is anticipated to go live at the end of May 2022.
The contract period will be for five and a half years with possible extensions for a further three years.
By securing this prestigious Clean Air Zone project in one of the UK’s premier city regions, Egis is strengthening its position in the automated payment and enforcement market. Building on this success and with work already underway in locations from Amsterdam to Paris the business aims to grow its service offering in this area across more than 50 cities in Europe and numerous other countries across the Globe.
*Greater Manchester has been instructed by government to introduce a Category C class Clean Air Zone, which includes non-compliant buses and coaches, Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), Light Goods Vehicles (LGVs) or vans, minibuses, taxis and private hire vehicles.