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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 | November 2018

This is an exciting month for the project teams. Using transport models that calculate future growth and transport demand, we have identified the optimal long-term investment programme. This identifies all the Pan-Northern interventions that need to be delivered from 2025 to 2050 to enable transformational growth in the North. These interventions focus on making the most of our current road and rail infrastructure, as well as influencing future transport policy. We are currently in the process of reviewing our findings with our partners to ensure that the programme is aligned with the North’s local transport authorities and National transport bodies aspirations. Once agreed, the programme will be published alongside our Strategic Transport Plan, early in 2019.


Delivering the programme

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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