Investment in smart ticketing as Transport for the North gets go ahead
The Department for Transport has confirmed that the Transport for the North will get pioneering legal powers as it becomes the first sub-regional transport body in the UK.
The move to make TfN a statutory body will mean that its recommendations must be formally considered by the government, ensuring it gets access to transport investment decision-making.
The move comes as the DfT awards TfN £18.5m to introduce smart ticketing next year. This will be used to introduce paperless, smart card season tickets for Northern and TransPennine Express and Merseyrail passengers by the end of 2018, with the remaining funding open for proposals to extend smart ticketing across public transport in the North.
Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry said: “TfN will be a game-changer, with powers to speak with one voice on northern transport projects and drive forward ambitious plans to improve transport connections and unlock economic growth across the Northern Powerhouse.”