Mark WhiteheadChris Ames 20 June 2017

Transport for the North publishes plan for economic growth

Transport for the North publishes plan for economic growth

Transport for the North (TfN) has set out how it will develop both a major road network for the region and an integrated rail plan that includes Northern Powerhouse Rail.

It said the plan could help create nearly a million new jobs and add almost £100bn to the UK’s economy.

Outgoing chief executive David Brown said: ‘TfN has a clear mission to transform the North’s economy by intelligently developing our transport infrastructure.'

The reports identify nine strategic development corridors, which include Northern Powerhouse Rail, Integrated and Smart Travel, and seven geographic connectivity priorities that reflect the economic links across the North.

Bridget Fox, of the Campaign for Better Transport, said there was a need for more sustainable transport rather than building new roads.

Campaign for Better Transport was commissioned by Transport for the North to engage the environmental and community sector in the plan, due to be published later this year.

Ms Fox said: ‘Our report identified a number of key challenges and opportunities including concerns about climate change, pollution and the landscape; the desire for more sustainable transport, rather than building new roads, and a desire to see improved local services to connect people to jobs.

‘These combine to offer an exciting vision of what the Strategic Transport Plan could look like and the challenge now for Transport for the North is to ensure that these community and environmental concerns are addressed in the final plan.’

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