Egis awarded a 5-and-a-half-year contract to deliver the UK’s largest Clean Air Zone
In support of Greater Manchester’s aim to drive the growth of a healthy and sustainable city-region, ITS (UK) Executive Members Egis have been awarded a significant new contract to help deliver the largest Clean Air Zone in the UK, with help from Siemens/Yunex and Imperial.
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 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.
“We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this contract as it is at the heart of our strategy to become a leading name in smart and sustainable infrastructure that can contribute to tackling climate change and ultimately improving people’s living environments. In addition, this contract is aligned to our overall vision for the digitalisation and environmental transition of city services.” said Renaud Beziade, Chief Executive Officer Project Structuring, Operation and New Services, Egis.
“We are delighted to be supplying our class leading ANPR cameras and enforcement technology, working in partnership with TfGM, Egis and Imperial to develop this clean air solution across the ten local authority areas. The zone will significantly help to improve air quality, which will have an immediate and lasting impact on the almost three million people that live, work and study in Greater Manchester, improving their long-term health and wellbeing,” added Wilke Reints, Managing Director, Intelligent Traffic Systems, Siemens Mobility Limited (Yunex Traffic).
“We are so proud to be part of this project, and are excited to have the opportunity to help to improve the air quality in Greater Manchester. This contract award, together with the work we have already undertaken in Birmingham, underlines our commitment to delivering clean air through the innovative utilisation of existing parking and enforcement technology solutions,” concluded Ashley Bijster, Managing Director, Imperial Civil Enforcement Solutions Ltd
Greater Manchester lead for Clean Air, Councillor Andrew Western, said: “We, as a city region, are committed to tackling air pollution, which is the biggest environmental public health issue facing the city-region and contributes to around 1,200 deaths in Greater Manchester alone each year.
“That’s why we have developed a Clean Air Plan that not only helps us meet government requirements on nitrogen dioxide air pollution, but also delivers major health benefits for our residents; and the funding support for those businesses, individuals and organisations who need to upgrade their vehicle to become compliant.
“We are looking forward to working with Egis to help us deliver the plan, improve the quality of our air and ensure Greater Manchester continues to be a healthy, sustainable and happy place to grow up, get on and grow old.”
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 says it 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.