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Northern leaders unite to back plans to revolutionise the North’s railway Thursday 7th February 2019
  • Up to £39billion business case for Northern Powerhouse Rail
    network set to be submitted to Government

Political and business leaders from across the North of England today made history by backing plans for Northern Powerhouse Rail – the region’s single biggest transport intervention since the Industrial Revolution.

£70 billion blueprint to transform the North’s economy Thursday 31st January 2019

Transport for the North has today set out an ambitious vision for the future of the North’s economy, unveiling draft proposals for northern infrastructure for the next 30 years.

New Strategy and Programme Director | Jeremy Bloom Wednesday 16th January 2019

Transport for the North has announced Jeremy Bloom, a senior industry leader with 28 years of experience, as Strategy and Programme Director.

Leaders of the North agree rail confidence must be restored Thursday 6th December 2018

Passengers are putting up with daily misery on the North’s railways – it’s intolerable, potentially unsafe and cannot go on. That was the message from Transport for the North’s board members as they met today in Preston.


Transport for the North announce ‘Innovation’ funding for Transdev to test innovative touch on touch off smart technology on some of the region’s bus routes.

Christmas bid to curb Rail disruption Tuesday 27th November 2018

Transport for the North steps in to encourage RMT and Northern to begin fresh talks and suspend strike action.

Smart on Rail launches Thursday 22nd November 2018

Transport for the North, working in partnership with Northern and TransPennine Express, will this week launch the first stage of their Smart on Rail project.

Funding for transport infrastructure features in the Autumn Budget Monday 29th October 2018

Funding earmarked to help deliver transport infrastructure in the North of England has been revealed as part of the Autumn Budget. In his speech to the House of Commons, Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed £37 million of development funding will be made available for Northern Powerhouse Rail.

Northern Powerhouse Rail set to deliver decades of growth for the North Wednesday 17th October 2018

Northern Powerhouse Rail is poised to deliver transformational change to the North boosting the economy and improving connectivity for millions of people.

New £500m Northern train fleet unveiled Friday 5th October 2018

Transport for the North today welcomed the unveiling of the first two trains in a new £500m Northern train fleet that will offer improved standards of travel for local rail users in the North of England.

Northern to launch extended compensation scheme for regular travellers Monday 24th September 2018

Transport for the North has been working with Northern to broker a compensation scheme for the worst affected regular travellers who suffered from disruption to their rail travel in the summer of 2018.

Welcoming the initial findings of ORR Report on Timetable Disruption Thursday 20th September 2018

Transport for the North has today (20 September) welcomed the publication of the Office of Rail and Road ‘Independent Inquiry into the Timetable Disruption in May 2018’.

Transport for the North Board takes decisive action on the future of the North’s railways Thursday 13th September 2018

The Transport for the North Board met in Sheffield today and welcomed the allocation of nearly £3bn over the next five years by government as the first phase of upgrading the Transpennine railway line.

Statement regarding Sunday cancellations of Northern trains Friday 17th August 2018

Reacting to the news that Northern are again cancelling services in some areas this Sunday, Barry White, Chief Executive of Transport for the North, said:

“We are disappointed that passengers in the North are being let down again. All train cancellations are inconvenient and regrettable but to have multiple cancellations on the same day with very little notice is clearly unacceptable. Passengers are again being put in a position where they cannot make travel plans with confidence. Transport for the North, through the Rail North Partnership, has called on Northern to provide more clarity on what is being done urgently to resolve this serious problem.”

Letter from Transport for the North to Secretary of State for Transport Thursday 2nd August 2018

Transport for the North’s Chairman John Cridland has written to the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling following a meeting of TfN’s Partnership Board.

Transport for the North calls for more to be done for Rail passengers Tuesday 31st July 2018

On Tuesday 31 July 2018, members of the Transport for the North Partnership Board received an update from Northern, TransPennine Express and Network Rail on current levels of train performance and future plans, in the context of ongoing disruption.

Northern Powerhouse Rail at centre of UK’s plans in first National Infrastructure Assessment Tuesday 10th July 2018

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.

Calls for more to be done to compensate rail passengers Thursday 28th June 2018

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.

Rail shuttle service returns to the Lakes Line Monday 18th June 2018

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.

Support for northern sites shortlisted as new Heathrow logistics hubs Friday 15th June 2018

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.


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