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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.
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.
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