Business, Freight News

Transport for the North reveals its plans

[ June 19, 2017   //   ]

The Transport for the North (TfN) partnership of business leaders and local authorities has today published the evidence for its Strategic Transport Plan, which aims to transform the regional economy through investment in infrastructure.

It includes a Position Statement, Initial Major Roads Report and Initial Integrated Rail Report and is a pre-cursor to TfN’s multi-modal Strategic Transport Plan, which will be published for consultation later this year.

TfN’s chief executive, David Brown, said: “The work presents a compelling case for change, underlining the economic and strategic benefits of improving freight and passenger transport across the whole of the North to drive economic growth.”

The Initial Major Roads Report outlines the importance of strategic road connectivity in delivering transformational economic growth and introduces the concept of a Major Road Network for the North which connects the important economic centres and provides a coherent and integrated system.

Similarly, the Initial Integrated Rail Report identifies strategic improvements needed to rail services and infrastructure across the North. Building on this work, the organisation will develop an integrated rail plan by the end of 2017 that will incorporate development work on the proposed Northern Powerhouse Rail network and research from TfN’s sister organisation Rail North.

Following publication of the Strategic Transport Plan evidence base, TfN will be undertaking events and discussions across the region in the coming months to engage with stakeholders and gather feedback that will be used to inform the Plan.

All documents comprising the Strategic Transport Plan evidence base can be found on TfN’s website,