Children at twenty schools and nurseries in Manchester are being exposed to illegal levels of damaging air pollution from diesel vehicles, a joint investigation by the Guardian and Greenpeace has revealed.
The analysis listed all schools and nurseries within 150 metres of a road where emissions of nitrogen dioxide are above the legal limit.
Those affected in Greater Manchester include William Hulme's Grammar School in Whalley Range, Great Moor Junior School in Stockport and Cottage Nursery in Eccles.
Liberal Democrat Manchester Mayoral candidate Jane Brophy commented:
"Labour is failing to tackle the air pollution crisis in Greater Manchester which is costing hundreds of lives a year.
"Our children should not have to breathe in dirty air on a daily basis.
"Plans to build on the greenbelt would make things even worse, causing more urban sprawl, more car journeys and more pollution.
"We need to build homes on brownfield sites in our existing towns and cities and encourage greener and cleaner forms of transport.
"We also need to ensure pollution is properly measured and the results made easily available to the public, so people know where and when it is reaching dangerously high levels."