PLANS to improve the borough's air quality have been given the green light.

Wigan Council's cabinet approved Wigan's Air Quality Policy in a cabinet meeting yesterday, Thursday.

It aims to maintain a good standard of air quality through sustainable transport, policy and education.

A number of objectives are set out in the plan.

In providing sustainable transport and healthier lifestyles, the policy includes encouraging people to walk and cycle more rather than driving for short distances, especially at peak hours.

Residents will also be urged to lower emission or electric vehicles and turn engines off while stationary.

It mentions work the local authority has done to support schools and businesses with travel planning.

Council staff have also be asked to reduce their numbers of cars and journeys and travel to work together.

Cllr Joanne Marshall, leader member for Greener Wigan, said: “The quality of the air we breathe is an integral part of the health and wellbeing of our communities.

"As part of The Deal, whilst the council is committed to growing the economy, we recognise the impact this could have on air quality and so it is essential we take steps to tackle it.

“This policy sets out our commitment to work with partners and with residents to improve the air quality of our borough and ensure a cleaner, greener Wigan for future generations.”

The council will continue to work with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and the nine councils in Greater Manchester to introduce the city region air quality strategy.