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McCann awarded £3m signage contract in Manchester

Infrastructure specialist, McCann, has been awarded a £3m signage contract for the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone project (GM CAZ).

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Clean Air Zone signs will be produced for a scheme initiated by Greater Manchester authorities

The contract has been initiated by local authorities and Transport for Greater Manchester which require McCann to install and replace up to 2,800 signs, while older signs are to be decommissioned. 

The Clear Air project has been created to improve air quality on roads in the area by introducing clean air zones that will charge vehicles that do not meet the new required emission standards.

As part of the installation McCann will be expected to supply boundary, internal repeater, and advanced warning signs to inform drivers of the new regulations. The Nottingham-based company is experienced in the delivery of professional services, highway maintenance, and civil engineering.

Adrian Cronin, construction director for McCann, says: “As a company, we’re committed to improving air quality and reducing emissions, either through the projects we undertake or through how we operate.

“Our industry must play its part in tackling climate change, and we’re wholeheartedly committed to achieving the reductions needed in CO2 (carbon dioxide) in order to improve air quality for everyone.”

As a company, we’re committed to improving air quality and reducing emissions, either through the projects we undertake or through how we operate

The scheme will include a Category C Clean Air Zone that will have a daily charge for commercial and passenger vehicles (non-private) that enter the zone, and do not meet emission requirements.

ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras will ensure the charges are enforced which will be installed alongside the informational signage.

The project aims to encourage drivers to upgrade to more eco-friendly vehicles and reduce NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) which if not acted upon, will exceed legal limits.

According to GM council, air pollution contributes to around 1,200 deaths in Greater Manchester a year, and so it looks forward to collaborating with McCann to help reduce this. 

Government funding will be requested to support owners of transport, heavy goods, and private hire vehicles to finance greener alternatives for the future.

McCann will start work on the scheme from October 2021, and the contract will run for five and a half years.

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