Transport for the North

Transport Debate: With £30million to spend on, amongst other things, new Smart Ticketing, the new Transport for the North is part of Chancellor, George Osborne’s grander scheme of the Northern Powerhouse. But does it also have a bigger remit than that? Perhaps the start of breaking up Network Rail into easier chunks?

Transport for the North is a unique partnership between the Northern city region authorities, Government and the national transport agencies. Our shared ambition is to create a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ driven by a flourishing private sector and supported by innovative local government.

By harnessing the power of our city regions, and the wider North, we will drive economic growth in the industries of the future – rebalancing the country’s economy and establishing the North as a global powerhouse.

In March 2015, we unveiled our ambitious vision – a blueprint for building the Northern Powerhouse by transforming connectivity with a high-speed TransNorth rail system, a revitalised highways network and a host of other transport improvements.

This joint report with Government sets out a long-term investment plan in rail and outlines the important relationship between HS2 and regional rail services as well as roads, ports, and airports – covering both passengers and freight.

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