Northern Powerhouse

Plans for tram-trains in Manchester unveiled as Grayling and Burnham mull expansion of Metrolink

Plans for tram-trains in Manchester unveiled as Grayling and Burnham mull expansion of Metrolink

25 January 2019Proposals for an expansion of Greater Manchester’s (GM) tram network are in the works, Chris Grayling and Andy Burnham have announced, with plans for greater devolved control for the region and the introduction of tram-trains being considere...

Grayling: government will not 'betray' Midlands or north and will deliver HS2

Grayling: government will not 'betray' Midlands or north and will deliver HS2

25 January 2019The transport secretary has reaffirmed that the government is committed to delivering the second phase of HS2 in its entirety, claiming that failure to deliver it would be a “dereliction” of government duties to improve people’s...

Regional leaders urge major parties to publicly back building HS2 Phase 2 route

Regional leaders urge major parties to publicly back building HS2 Phase 2 route

24 January 2019Bodies from the Midlands and the north of England have written an open letter to the leaders of the four major parties calling for them to publicly commit to building Phase 2 of the £56bn HS2 route. The letter penned by the Northern Powerho...

TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22 January 2019Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic Strategic Development Corridors – a key part of the organisation’s Strategic Transport Pl...

Former Highways England manager to join Transport for the North in new director role

Former Highways England manager to join Transport for the North in new director role

18 January 2019A former Highways England manager is set to join Transport for the North (TfN) to operate as the body’s new strategy and programme director, it was announced this week. Jeremy Bloom, who has 28 years of experience, is set to join the statut...

DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

12 December 2018The strategic outline business case for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), which was due to be submitted to the government by the end of this month, has been pushed back to the new year. The delay was quietly revealed in a Parliamentary written ques...

Overhaul of Tees Valley’s two biggest stations gets £45m boost, but DfT help still needed

Overhaul of Tees Valley’s two biggest stations gets £45m boost, but DfT help still needed

04 December 2018Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) has approved a £45m investment to “dramatically overhaul” Darlington and Middlesbrough stations as part of improvements which mayor Ben Houchen told RTM would be “central” to the...

Transport for the North launches the first phase of smart ticketing across Yorkshire

Transport for the North launches the first phase of smart ticketing across Yorkshire

23 November 2018Transport for the North (TfN) is set to launch the first phase of its Smart on Rail project, rolling out the smartcard scheme across Yorkshire lines. The initial phase of the project, a result of a partnership between Northern, TransPennine Expre...

Transport spending in London double that of the north since launch of Northern Powerhouse

Transport spending in London double that of the north since launch of Northern Powerhouse

22 November 2018Government spending on transport in London has risen to twice as much per person compared to the north since the launch of the Northern Powerhouse, new analysis has found. Statistics analysed by influential think tank IPPR North found that while...

Coventry station £82m masterplan given the go-ahead by city council

Coventry station £82m masterplan given the go-ahead by city council

21 November 2018Groundbreaking plans to transform Coventry city centre and Coventry station have been given the official green light from the city’s council. Coventry City Council announced it has granted permission for the £11.8m scheme to improve t...

Rail Technology Magazine fuels the Northern Powerhouse with official partnership

Rail Technology Magazine fuels the Northern Powerhouse with official partnership

21 November 2018 Cognitive Publishing, the home of leading railway industry title Rail Technology Magazine, has been selected as an official partner of the Northern Powerhouse. In support of the regional initiative, Cognitive will join a network of leaders and...

A transport network ‘on its knees’ is slowly catching up in the north, says Grayling

A transport network ‘on its knees’ is slowly catching up in the north, says Grayling

16 November 2018Chris Grayling has said that rail in the north is playing catch-up from “decades of economic neglect” and that whilst improvements in May did not work the way it should have, he will deliver “the transport system the north deserv...

NPR boss backs £37m NPR Budget pledge: ‘What we asked for is what we’ve got’

NPR boss backs £37m NPR Budget pledge: ‘What we asked for is what we’ve got’

08 November 2018The boss of Transport for the North has supported the government’s commitment to Northern Powerhouse Rail, arguing that the Budget funding announcement shows Westminster’s confidence in the scheme. Tim Wood, chief executive at TfN, sa...

Rail industry slams door on ‘completely misunderstood’ Grayling HS2 Phase 2b comments

Rail industry slams door on ‘completely misunderstood’ Grayling HS2 Phase 2b comments

08 November 2018Leaders of the northern rail industry have rejected the possibility of the Phase 2b HS2 route possibly no longer being funded by the government, arguing that the comments raising concern by the transport secretary were “completely misunderst...

TfN CEO on Crossrail 2 competition: ‘London can flourish, but we want to turbocharge investment’

TfN CEO on Crossrail 2 competition: ‘London can flourish, but we want to turbocharge investment’

29 October 2018The chief executive of Transport for the North (TfN) has quelled concerns that funding for the programme would be in conflict with Crossrail 2, claiming that the raising of funds through general taxation will help to finance both projects. Speaki...

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