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Transport for the North appoints Northern Powerhouse Rail Director Thursday 22nd February 2018

Transport for the North has today (Thursday 22 February) announced the appointment of Tim Wood as its Northern Powerhouse Rail Director. Northern Powerhouse Rail is a flagship programme for the organisation and will see a radical change in performance; improving journey times and reliability and increasing the capacity and frequency of rail connections across the North.

Upgrades to Hope Valley line to improve Manchester – Sheffield rail links Thursday 15th February 2018

Transport for the North, the organisation soon to become England’s first sub-national transport authority, has today welcomed a decision by the Secretary of State for Transport to allow Network Rail to help improve capacity and services on the Manchester to Sheffield Hope Valley railway line by building new passing loops.

Feasibility study to investigate the possibility of reopening Skipton-Colne rail link Tuesday 6th February 2018

A new study into the potential reopening of a historic rail line linking Lancashire and Yorkshire has been announced by Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling.

Statement of support for HS2 Phase 2a Hybrid Bill Second Reading Tuesday 30th January 2018

“HS2 is a key piece of UK rail infrastructure which will connect together with the wider rail network, including Northern Powerhouse Rail to free up much-needed capacity in a system that is struggling to cope. Together with Northern Powerhouse Rail and other major rail enhancements it will help create the fast and efficient transit routes needed for sustained economic growth in the decades ahead. Without this level of connectivity the UK risks falling hostage to legacy infrastructure simply not fit for purpose in the modern world.”

New Chief Executive takes post Monday 22nd January 2018

Transport for the North’s new chief executive, Barry White, took up post on 10 January and has taken the first steps in leading the organisation in its most monumental year to date.

Becoming England’s first Sub-national Transport Body Thursday 18th January 2018

On Monday 15th January, The House of Commons approved regulations for Transport for the North to become the first Sub-national Transport Body in England. Following the successful approval from the House of Lords on the 18th December, this will come to force on 1st April 2018.

Northern leaders publish plan to transform the region Tuesday 16th January 2018

Civic and business leaders from across the North have come together to publish Transport for the North’s draft Strategic Transport Plan. The thirty year plan is the first of its kind and outlines how transport connections across the North of England need to be transformed by 2050 to drive growth and close the economic gap between the North and the rest of England.

Pre-Christmas Rail Meeting for Tees Valley Mayor and Transport for the North Thursday 21st December 2017

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.

Peers give green light for Transport for the North’s statutory status Tuesday 19th December 2017

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.

Northern leaders unite behind 30-year draft Strategic Transport Plan Friday 15th December 2017

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 as number of flights to China set to increase Monday 11th December 2017

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.

Transport for the North’s responds to the Government’s Strategic Vision for Rail Wednesday 29th November 2017

Transport for the North has responded to the Government’s Strategic Vision for Rail, which recognises the importance of two of its flagship programmes, Northern Powerhouse Rail and Integrated and Smart Travel.

Importance of investing in Northern Powerhouse infrastructure recognised in the Budget Friday 24th November 2017

The importance of investing in the Northern Powerhouse to drive economic growth has been recognised in the Chancellor’s autumn budget, with increased funding announced for infrastructure across the North.

Statutory status for Transport for the North – an important step forward Wednesday 22nd November 2017

John Cridland CBE, Independent Chair of Transport for the North, explains the importance of the organisation becoming a Sub-national Transport Body

Emerging proposals revealed for Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan Saturday 11th November 2017

Transport for the North has been working in collaboration with Leeds City Council and partners, including West Yorkshire Combined Authority, HS2 and Network Rail, to set out principles for the blueprint of Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan.

Statutory status remains on track Saturday 11th November 2017

Transport for the North remains on track to be recognised as England’s first Sub-National Transport Body by the end of 2017.

Railways partnership plan to deliver £85bn economic benefits Tuesday 24th October 2017

Transport for the North has welcomed the launch of the Rail Delivery Group’s ‘In Partnership for Britain’s Prosperity’ Plan, which brings together train companies, Network Rail, and suppliers around a plan for a changing and improving railway.

Funding for local roads to drive job and housing growth Tuesday 24th October 2017

Transport for the North (TfN) has welcomed the announcement last week of government funding to improve local roads in the North of England. The Government has confirmed the 33 improvement schemes across the North which will get a share of the £100 million funding for local roads announced at last month’s Conservative party conference. Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, has also pledged £46.8 million towards the Middlewich Eastern Bypass scheme in Cheshire East.

Transport for the North welcomes publication of National Infrastructure Commission report Friday 13th October 2017

Transport for the North has welcomed the publication of the National Infrastructure Commission’s ‘Congestion, Capacity, Carbon: Priorities for National Infrastructure’ report and looks forward to contributing to the consultation on a National Infrastructure Assessment.

£48bn to keep Britain’s railways on track Friday 13th October 2017

Transport for the North has welcomed the announcement from the Government on funding for Network Rail, to enable it to keep our railways moving through Control Period 6, which covers 2019-2024.

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