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Becoming the first Sub-national Transport Body

Working towards statutory status to become 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 responded positively to our submission, confident that we had demonstrated how gaining statutory status will deliver better outcomes for passengers and transport users across the North. A total of 56 local authority consents, including all 19 of our constituent authorities, were then provided to approve the making of the regulations for us to become a statutory body. After being passed by the House of Lords and the House of Commons, the legislation was signed on the 22nd January 2018, and will come into force on the 1st April 2018.

Gaining statutory status will mean that we will be the first Sub-national Transport Body in England. We will be able to speak with one voice on behalf of the North 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.

John Cridland