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Transport for the North unveils £118 billion plan

Transport for the North (TfN) has published an ambitious plan for sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the North, enabled by transformational connectivity.

The new Strategic Transport Plan (STP), approved at a TfN board meeting in Leeds, outlines plans for a transformational transport infrastructure that could bring an additional £118 billion to the Northern economy by 2050.

Strategic Transport Plan infographic

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.

“The evidence in this STP shows how with sustained investment, the right policy levers and enabling behaviour change, we can truly transform the North.” 

The new STP builds on the first plan, published five years ago, which set out the case for Northern Powerhouse Rail and led to a step change in government funding for rail.

The new plan lays out proposals to transform the North’s transport infrastructure and services further, emphasising the need for better connectivity, linking people to more business and education opportunities. This in turn would enable economic growth and support the decarbonisation of the transport system.

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