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Strategic Transport Plan and Investment Programme

Our work

Our vision is of a thriving North of England, where world class transport supports sustainable economic growth, excellent quality of life and improved opportunities for all.

We are making the case for pan-Northern strategic transport improvements, which are needed to support transformational economic growth. This will allow the North to increase its productivity, create more job opportunities and make a greater contribution to the UK economy. It requires the delivery of a sustained investment programme across the North to build infrastructure, strengthen skills, harness innovation, and encourage smart technology.

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Economic Growth

We published the Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review, in June 2016. It explains that by 2050, a transformed North could see a 4% increase in productivity, equating to an increase in Gross Value Added (GVA) of almost £100 billion, and create up to 850,000 new jobs.

The review identified four prime capabilities where the North is highly competitive. These are advanced manufacturing, digital, energy, and health innovation. To support these prime capabilities, the North has three enabling capabilities – higher education, logistics, and financial and professional services. Together, these capabilities account for around 2.1 million jobs (around 30% of all jobs in the North) and just over 35% of GVA.

Transformational improvements to the North’s transport connectivity are critical to help us achieve the vision of a globally competitive environment that can sustain economic growth, making the North a more attractive and buoyant marketplace. Improving connectivity between important economic centres will ensure the North’s people and businesses are better connected to their work and better able to do business.

Economic Growth

Strategic Transport Plan

For the first time, civic and business leaders from across the North have come together to outline our vision for the future.

Our Strategic Transport Plan outlines how strategic investment in transport could support up to £100 billion growth in GVA and create 850,000 by 2050.

The Plan will rebalance decades of underinvestment and transform the lives of people in the North.

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Our programmes

Northern Powerhouse Rail

Northern Powerhouse Rail is a proposed network that can meet the needs of people and business, transforming connectivity between the important economic centres of the North.

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