Transport for the North sets out emerging priorities in draft plan
Transport for the North has published its draft Strategic Transport Plan, which will bring a sustained 30-year programme of transport infrastructure investment and could deliver a £100bn economic boost and 850,000 additional jobs by 2050.
Open for comments in a 13-week consultation, the plans identify seven ‘corridors’ of opportunity that are key to achieving the aims of making it easier for people and goods to travel across the region, improving access to jobs, supporting businesses and improving the movement of freight and goods across the North and to ports and airports.
These include the ‘Southern Pennines’ corridor, which identifies proposed road and rail improvements from the Port of Liverpool to the Humber Ports, via Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Sheffield City Region, as well as strengthening cross-border movements into the East Midlands, whilst ‘Connecting the Energy Coasts’ explores ways to improve travel between some of the UK’s vital non-carbon energy and research assets in Cumbria, North Lancashire, North Yorkshire, the North East and Tees Valley.
Transport for the North has for the first time outlined its emerging vision for the Northern Powerhouse Rail rail network between the North’s six biggest cities and other economic centres. This is accompanied by an updated Rail Strategy for investment in the North’s existing lines, stations, services and franchise operations.
Transport for the North has also identified the roads across the North that are vital for economic growth and is evaluating how best to strengthen this network.
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