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Working towards Statutory Status

We are working towards becoming England’s first Sub-national Transport Body

We submitted a proposal for statutory status in October 2016, and in March 2017 the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon. Chris Grayling MP, responded positively to our submission. As part of our proposal we had to demonstrate how gaining statutory status will deliver better outcomes for passengers and transport users across the North.

Gaining statutory status will mean that we will be the first Sub-national Transport Body in England. We will formally be able to speak with one voice and work with the Department for Transport as a Statutory Partner to ensure that the North’s transport priorities are clearly understood by the Government.

We will now work together with our partners through the final stages of the Sub-national Transport Body process and expect statutory status to be granted by April 2018.

"Transport for the North is soon to make history as the first Sub-national Transport Body in England. For the first time, a united North of England will have a say in the transport priorities which can transform the fortunes of the whole region for the long-term"

John Cridland, Chairman of Transport for the North