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Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has met with Transport for the North’s (TfN) Northern Powerhouse Rail Director, Tim Wood, this week to discuss emerging plans for the major transport rail programme and how it will link with local rail ambitions for the Tees Valley and the wider region.
The House of Lords last night (Monday 18 December) approved regulations for Transport for the North to become the first Sub-national Transport Body in England. A motion will now be considered in the House of Commons on Wednesday 10th January 2018 which, if approved, will give the organisation the all clear to enact statutory status for the new financial year.
Civic and business leaders from across the North of England have agreed a draft Strategic Transport Plan, to be published for public consultation early in the new year, which outlines the transport infrastructure needed to transform the region’s economy.
Opportunity for economic growth in the North of England as number of flights to China set to increase
Transport for the North has welcomed the announcement of a 50% increase in direct flights between the UK to China, recognising the economic value of direct access to markets and the North’s ability to sustain such links.
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