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Welcome to our media centre

Are you a journalist, blogger or researcher? Here you can find links to some of our core assets, information about our senior leaders and answers to some frequently asked questions. You can also get the latest information from our major programmes of work. If you need anything else, please email our Media Relations Team who will be happy to help.


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About our Chairman

John Cridland has a wealth of directorial experience, his principal role at Transport for the North is to manage and provide leadership to the Operations Board as well as being accountable to shareholders from the Partnership Board.

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About our Chief Executive

Barry White leads the development and delivery of Transport for the North’s Strategic Transport Plan and provides strategic leadership to deliver the organisation’s vision of a thriving North of England where modern transport connections drive economic growth and support an excellent quality of life. He is accountable for the overall performance of the organisation, its integrity and activities.

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Press Releases

Connecting the North | Our programmes

Transformational improvements to the North’s transport connectivity are critical to help us achieve the vision of a globally competitive environment that can sustain economic growth, making the North a more attractive and buoyant marketplace. Improving connectivity between important economic centres will ensure the North’s people and businesses are better connected to their work and better able to do business. Click on the buttons below for more information on each of our programmes

Northern Powerhouse RailIntegrated and Smart TravelMajor Roads

Strategic RailFreight and LogisticsInternational Connectivity

Strategic Transport Plan

The 30-year plan is the first of its kind and outlines how transport connections across the North of England need to be transformed over the short, medium and long term to drive sustainable economic growth by 2050. The final version of the plan will be published early next year. Over the next 30 years, we want to transform our road, rail, sea and air connections to help drive long term economic growth. Our Strategic Transport Plan explains the need for investment in transport across the North and identifies the priority areas for improved connectivity.

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Our role

We are making the case for pan-Northern strategic transport improvements, which are needed to support transformational economic growth. This will allow the North to increase its productivity, create more job opportunities and make a greater contribution to the UK economy. It requires the delivery of a sustained investment programme across the North to build infrastructure, strengthen skills, harness innovation, and encourage smart technology.

In 2016, the Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review, commissioned by Transport for the North on behalf of Northern partners, demonstrated how unique capabilities which are present across the North could be harnessed to transform the region, adding almost £97billion to the UK economy and creating up to 850,000 jobs by 2050. Evidence from this review has been used to identify the priorities of the Strategic Transport Plan.


The powers that we have secured include:

  • Development and implementation of the Strategic Transport Plan
  • Coordination and delivery of a smart ticketing system for the whole of the North
  • Specifying and overseeing, jointly with the DfT, franchised rail services covering the Northern and TransPennine Express franchises and the right to be consulted over other rail franchises covering the area
  • A statutory partner in both road and rail investment processes

Member Authorities

Transport for the North is a unique partnership, bringing together the North’s nineteen local and combined authorities and northern business leaders with Central Government. This body allows the region to speak with one voice on the transport infrastructure investment needed to boost the North’s economy.

The ability to create Sub-national Transport Bodies to plan and prioritise long-term infrastructure investment in a specific region was created by Parliament with an amendment to the Local Transport Act 2008 which was passed in January 2016.

A proposal for Transport for the North to become the first Sub-national Transport Body was agreed upon by all nineteen of the organisation’s local and combined authority partners before being approved by Parliament.
Following approval from Parliament, Transport for the North became England’s first Sub-national Transport Body in April 2018.

Transport for the North’s local and combined authority partners are:

Blackburn with Darwen Council
Blackpool Council
Cheshire East Council
Cheshire West & Chester Council
City of York Council
Cumbria County Council
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Hull City Council
Lancashire County Council
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
North East Combined Authority
North East Lincolnshire Council
North Lincolnshire Council
North Yorkshire County Council
Sheffield City Region Combined Authority
Tees Valley Combined Authority
Warrington Borough Council
West Yorkshire Combined Authority

About statutory status

Once a voluntary partnership, Transport for the North is now a formalised, standalone organisation that will act as a unified and determined voice for the North of England. It has a clear remit to identify and plan investments in transport infrastructure that will deliver unprecedented transformation for the North’s economy.

Statutory status means the organisations becomes a Statutory Partner to the Department of Transport (DfT) and that recommendations are formally considered by Government when important transport decisions about the North are being taken.