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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.
John Cridland, Transport for the North’s Chairman said,
“Transport for the North remains on course to make history as the first Sub-national Transport Body in England. For the first time, a united North of England will have a say in the transport priorities which can transform the fortunes of the whole region in the long-term.”
Transport for the North has secured the support of all 56 local authorities from across the North of England, including all 19 of its constituent local and combined authorities, for its draft regulations. Statutory status will ensure that the organisation’s plans are formally considered by Government when taking decisions about transport investment in the North.
Following Transport for the North gaining statutory status, Rail North and its operations will merge with Transport for the North. The regulations of the new Sub-national Transport Body will also give Transport for the North powers to fund organisations to deliver transport projects, to work with local authorities on road schemes, to be consulted on rail franchises, and to take forward its programme of Integrated and Smart Travel.
Barry White, Transport for the North’s newly appointed Chief Executive said,
“We’re delighted that the motion has been supported by both MPs and peers. As a unique partnership, we’re bringing together civic and business leaders from all areas of the North to speak with one voice on the transport investment required to transform our economy. This is a truly historic day and we look forward to working with partners across the north to fully realise our ambition.”
Transport for the North launched its draft Strategic Transport Plan for consultation on Tuesday 16 January 2018. This ambitious plan will provide an evidence-based framework for transport investment in the North over the next 30 years.