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England’s four Sub-national Transport Bodies (STBs) say the Government should work with them to define its new Major Road Network (MRN), as part of an unprecedented joint response to the Department for Transport’s MRN consultation.
Transport for the North, the statutory body representing civic and business leaders from across the whole of the region, has welcomed the Government’s proposal to identify a Major Road Network for England and highlighted the roads in the North of England which should be included.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Cridland CBE, Independent Chair of Transport for the North, explains the importance of the organisation becoming a Sub-national Transport Body
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.
Transport for the North remains on track to be recognised as England’s first Sub-National Transport Body by the end of 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.
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.
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