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Delivering on our vision of a thriving North of England remains a driving force behind our work here at Transport for the North.
The Coronavirus pandemic has created challenges and disruption on an unprecedented scale, forcing individuals, communities, business, and political parties to adapt and embrace dynamic new ways of working.
Travel across the North has been scaled back, amended, and repurposed, while government messaging remains to only use public transport where absolutely necessary.
But as some sectors slowly emerge from the tragic, and devastating crisis, thoughts are cautiously beginning to turn to what the future may hold, and how recovery can be powered to help level up all areas of the UK.
At Transport for the North, we are committed to supporting the case for transformational economic growth, which will improve quality of live and improved opportunities across the region. That’s why we’re launching our new discussion series #TFNTalks.
The first event will focus on Strategic Rail – Getting the North back on Track, on Friday, June 12.
Our exclusive panel will be chaired by Financial Times North of England correspondent and Enterprise editor, Andrew Bounds.
Guest for the free online event on June 12 will include:
We’re delighted to invite such a diverse, knowledgeable and passionate panel, and look forward to their insights.
Ahead of the event, Mr Sidebottom said: “Strategic planning for tomorrow’s railway across the north not only has to match that need by today’s passengers, but also give residents of the north better and easier access to education, jobs and leisure opportunities.”
Following on from the recommendations in the Blake-Jones Review and looking ahead to our Northern Transport Charter work, this is an ideal time to reassess the needs of our rail network.
Ms Simpson added: “The railways in the North of England must be fit for freight, to enable businesses to have the cost effective, green logistics they need to help to region prosper.”
The audience can submit questions when registering and will be kept up-to-date with the event ahead of the broadcast.
This webinar is being hosted on Microsoft Teams, and a link will be sent to participants following registration.