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Central Pennines

Our work on this corridor will look at the case for improving east-west connectivity in the corridor for some of the North’s important economic centres in North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Hull and the Humber, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Liverpool, and the options for improving road, rail and waterborne capacity.

This corridor covers a major economic area of the North, home to global businesses, supply chains and economic assets. It contains the largest aerospace cluster in the U.K., including BAE Systems and Rolls Royce and has internationally competitive advantages in sectors such as the automotive and other advanced manufacturing industries. Freight and logistics is important in this corridor, connecting the Port of Liverpool with ports on the Humber as well as the international airports at Leeds Bradford and Liverpool.

Improving transport connections would support economic growth and attract businesses and investment to the North creating jobs and supporting the development of new housing.

There is high and growing demand for better road and rail links between Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds which already exceeds capacity.

Work on this corridor will consider the following pan-northern objectives:

Potential improvements to transport infrastructure will consider the impacts of:

Central Pennines

The findings of our current work on this Strategic Development Corridor will inform our long-term Investment Programme to provide a pipeline of projects to support economic growth in the North between now and 2050.

Update | March 2018

The TfN team, and our consultants, have been travelling across the North to talk to key stakeholders who have helped shape the objectives and initial sifting process for our long list of interventions. The stakeholder events, held in Newcastle, Whitehaven, Liverpool, Blackburn, Leeds, Stockton, Manchester, Hull, and Llandudno are now complete.

We had a great turn out, with 221 stakeholders attending the events in total. Thank you to all who attended, especially during the recent harsh weather we have experienced!

We are now entering the second phase of the SDC work which will focus on the transport modelling and appraisal of these multi-modal corridors. Unlike traditional transport modelling, we are taking a multi-modal, Pan-Northern perspective that will consider the movement of passengers and freight within and to/from the North.

Connecting the Energy Coasts West and Wales

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September 2017

Start of commission

The Central Pennines Strategic Development Corridor commission began in September 2017.
Our consultants, WSP/SDG, are working closely with managers and programme leads at TfN, as well as our partners at Highways England, DfT, Network Rail and local authorities.
Work on the first three corridors is being delivered concurrently , and the consultant teams are working collaboratively to ensure consistency of approach across the north.

Public engagement on a number of the Strategic Corridors has already begun, to register your interest in attending a future event or to request more information please email

We have already started assessment work on the following Strategic Development Corridors:

Connecting the Energy Coasts West and Wales Strategic Development Corridors