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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.

North set to become first region in country to get new transport powers from government

North set to become first region in country to get new transport powers from government

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.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.