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Transport for the North releases revised Strategic Transport Plan

Transport for the North (TfN) has published its policy positions on active multimodal hubs as it works to updates its 2019 Strategic Transport Plan (STP).

The documents highlight the importance of joining up travel options across different modes of transport.

This move will help further embed the “one voice” approach to strategic transport investment and policy-making across the North of England.

This follows the recent announcement that Manchester and the North West are set to receive £84m in rail investment.

In terms of active travel the policy position highlights the four key roles TfN can play to support more active and environmentally friendly ways of travel.

The four key roles are:

  • Promote sustained investment in active travel at a local level.
  • Supporting partners in their development of proposals as appropriate.
  • Outline the ways the TfN Analytical Framework can support with the analysis of active travel.
  • Promote examples of ‘best practice’ and innovation across the North.

TfN has identified the following five key roles on multimodal hubs:

  • Make the strategic case for greater investment in multimodal hubs in the North.
  • Provide partners with access to the expertise within TfN.
  • Allow partners to have access to the regional evidence base to support the identification of potential multimodal hub demand.
  • Collate best practice allowing partners to then apply this in their areas.
  • Conducting work to support partners in identifying multimodal hub locations.

Martin Tugwell, Chief Executive of TfN commented on the STP and the benefits it can bring to the North of England.

Mr Tugwell said: “Our 2019 STP contains a wide range of policy positions on key factors.

“Being able to switch between modes of travel, such as cycling to the station and hopping on a train, can be a real game-changer for people.

“[This] also supports our ambitious decarbonisation goals.

“Having been approved by the TfN Board these positions will now form part of our evidence base and rationale.”

Additional policy positions are currently in development and are set to be published in Spring/Summer of 2022.


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