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Connecting the Energy Coasts

Our work on this corridor is looking at the case for improving connections for people and businesses and exploring options for improving road, rail and waterborne capacity.

The corridor links advanced manufacturing businesses and energy generation facilities located in the North East, Tees Valley, Lancashire and Cumbria.

Transport investment within this corridor could also unlock employment, supply chain and housing opportunities as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Advanced manufacturing and energy industries in the corridor have attracted a significant amount of prospective investment. In Cumbria alone, there is more than £25bn of planned private sector investment over the next 10 years. Poor transport infrastructure is currently a key constraint to securing this potential investment. Improving transport links within this corridor would also support growth in the tourism and leisure industry.

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

Potential improvements to transport infrastructure will consider the impacts of:

Connecting the Energy Coasts

The outputs of this Strategic Development Corridor commission 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.

Delivering the programme

Click the corresponding squares in the timeline to find out more about each milestone

September 2017

Start of commission

The Connecting the Energy Coasts 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:

>Central Pennines West and Wales Strategic Development Corridors