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In another step forward for Northern Powerhouse Rail, the network that will transform travel across the North of England has been named as one of the UK’s major long-term infrastructure priorities. The National Infrastructure Commission’s first National Infrastructure Assessment highlights the importance of Northern Powerhouse Rail, with a recommendation to the Government that its full delivery be budgeted for over the coming years.
Transport for the North’s board met today and agreed with the Department for Transport to an initial package to compensate season ticket holders in the areas of the North that have been worst affected by rail disruption.
But board members also called for more to be done to recompense others who have been affected, including regular rail travellers who do not hold season tickets.
Following calls from Transport for the North for reinstatement of a rail service between Oxenholme and Windermere as soon as possible, Northern has confirmed plans to get trains running again on the Lakes Line from the beginning of July.
Transport for the North has welcomed the news that the North of England has been shortlisted as the home for four new logistics hubs for Heathrow Airport, as part of planning for its major expansion.
On Tuesday 12 June 2018, members of the Transport for the North partnership board met in Manchester to discuss the issues regarding rail service disruption across the network operated by Northern.
Northern has informed Transport for the North that to reinstate services on the Lakes Line, after two weeks of the interim timetable, would be likely to lead to further delays and unscheduled cancellations on this line and across the wider network.
Transport for the North’s Chairman John Cridland has written back to Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham in response to his recent letter regarding concerns about the Northern Rail emergency timetable.
This statement is made following discussion with and on behalf of the members of the Transport for the North board.
It has today been confirmed that rail operator Northern will launch a service Recovery Plan. This will involve an interim timetable being implemented from Monday 4 June 2018.
Transport for the North and the Department for Transport, acting through The Rail North Partnership, have agreed a plan with Northern in response to the current performance issues.
A spokesperson for Transport for the North said:
“Transport for the North is extremely disappointed and concerned with the inadequate performance of Northern. We have formally raised these concerns with Northern making it clear that we want more to be done to rectify the performance issues and to mitigate against impacts on passengers and for action to be taken immediately.
New rail timetables will come into force for rail users across the UK on Sunday 20 May 2018 and, in the North of England, the changes will be some of the biggest seen for decades.
Funding for vital road improvements in the East Riding of Yorkshire which are within Transport for the North’s Central Pennines Strategic Development Corridor has been confirmed today.
Transport for the North’s Chairman John Cridland has written back to Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham
The North’s most famous railway city was selected as the launch venue for a major new announcement on the future of the railways yesterday (10th May) when the Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, and Network Rail’s Chief Executive Mark Carne chose York to announce plans to make Britain’s railways ‘digital’. They launched Network Rail’s Digital Railway Strategy and committed to ensuring all new trains and signalling are digital or digital ready from 2019.
Transport for the North is encouraging the public to share their thoughts on its draft Strategic Transport Plan as part of a public consultation which ends on Tuesday 17 April.
The northern airports have come together to endorse 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.
Northern leaders and businesses will join the Minister of State for Transport, Jo Johnson MP, today to herald a new era of transport investment in the North. It marks the moment that Transport for the North becomes England’s first ever Sub-national Transport Body and formally takes up its statutory powers.
Transport for the North’s will formally take up its powers for the first time as England’s first Sub-national Transport Body at its inaugural board meeting on Thursday 5 April 2018. The meeting will be open to members of the public and will take place at Mann Island in Liverpool.
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.
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