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Northern leaders and businesses have joined the Minister of State for Transport, Jo Johnson MP, to herald a new era of transport investment in the North.

It marks the moment that Transport for the North becomes England’s first ever Sub-national Transport Body and formally takes up its statutory powers. At a meeting in Liverpool today (Thursday 5th April 2018,) Transport for the North Chairman John Cridland hailed the enactment of statutory status as a ‘once in a generation opportunity’ for the North to shape its own transport future. John Cridland, Chairman of Transport for the North, said:

“The scale of opportunity and ambition cannot be understated.

For the first time, recommendations on what and where investment is needed will be agreed by the people that live and work in the North, allowing us to speak with a united voice to central government. It’s a watershed moment for devolution and a once in a generation opportunity to deliver significant improvements in the North’s transport network. Our Strategic Transport Plan will set the blueprint for transport infrastructure improvements across the next 30 years and will allow us to make a strong and consistent case to Government for sustained investment in the North.

We’re already making this a reality.

We’re developing fully-costed proposals for Northern Powerhouse Rail, developing plans for major road improvements including a trans pennine tunnel, starting to roll-out smart ticketing, and are driving tangible service improvements through our co-management of Rail North franchises.”

The inaugural meeting held at Mann Island saw elected leaders from the North’s nineteen local and combined authorities, co-opted business leaders and representatives from Highways England, HS2 and Network Rail as they form a leadership board for Transport of the North.

What is Transport of the North?

Their vision:

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