Transport for the North (TfN) has published the evidence which will inform its Strategic Transport Plan.
According to TfN, the plan is the first of its kind and is being developed to ‘transform’ the North’s economy through improvements in the region’s transport infrastructure.
It estimates the new plan could create 1M new jobs and add £1bn to the economy.
The documents published today include a position statement which explains how the plan will add value to people and businesses. Also published is an initial major roads report - outlining the importance of strategic road connectivity for ‘transformational’ economic growth and an Initial Integrated Rail Report.
Both the road and rail reports establish priorities for connectivity and have been used to identify nine strategic development corridors across the North, including integrated and smart travel and Northern Powerhouse Rail.
The public body said the work, developed by stakeholders and partners, would inform the new plan which it will adopt when it becomes the first statutory sub-national transport body in England later this year.
TfN chief executive David Brown said: “TfN has a clear mission to transform the North’s economy by intelligently developing our transport infrastructure.
“The publication of this evidence is a pre-cursor to our multi-modal strategic transport plan, which will be published for consultation later this year.
Brown said the work presented a ‘compelling case for change’ underlining the economic and strategic benefits of improving freight and passenger transport across the North.
“We want to enable the North to make a more significant contribution to the UK economy, through higher productivity, while also increasing job opportunities,” he said. “This will require the delivery of a sustained and aspirational investment programme across the North to build infrastructure, strengthen skills, harness innovation and encourage smart and innovative technology.”
Feedback on the evidence will be used to inform the plan.
All documents comprising the Strategic Transport Plan evidence base can be found on TfN’s website, www.transportforthenorth.com.