Transport could assist in £118bn to northern economy

Transport for the North (TfN) has published plans for sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the North enabled by connectivity through its Strategic Transport Plan (STP)

The plan was approved at Transport for the North Board meeting in Leeds by Northern leaders, and outlines how with the right investment and policy levers, together with transport infrastructure, the Northern economy could be £118 billion larger by 2050.  

The blueprint which builds on the first plan published five years ago, sets out the case to transform the North’s transport infrastructure and services, demonstrating how better connectivity can enable economic growth, decarbonise our transport system and create more opportunities for all.

TfN’s new Plan is focused on the outcomes needed for people and places, seeking to better connect communities and businesses with services and opportunities. It sets out robust monitoring and evaluation to measure progress year-on-year as well. 

The new STP sets out plans for near zero emissions from surface transport in the region by 2045, reduction in car dependency and increasing public transport networks, unlocking accessibility, and long-term ambitions for freight by rail

Lord McLoughlin, Chair of Transport for the North, said: “Our Strategic Transport Plan sets out Transport for the North’s statutory advice to government on how the North, speaking with one voice, can reach a sustainable, socially inclusive transport network for the future, support growth and employment opportunities.   

“The STP will lay the foundations for the transport infrastructure investment for the North for decades to come. We will provide further advice to government on how the plan can be implemented, from the pan-regional investment pipeline required, to efficiencies in how transport infrastructure and services are delivered. The evidence in this STP shows how with sustained investment, the right policy levers and enabling behaviour change, we can truly transform the North.”

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