New transport strategy for the North

Strategic Transport Plan Transport for the North (TfN) published on 25 March an ambitious new Strategic Transport Plan (STP) for sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the North, enabled by transformational connectivity.

The new Strategic Transport Plan (STP) was approved at Transport for the North Board meeting in Leeds by Northern leaders. It outlines how with the right investment and policy levers, together with transformational transport infrastructure we could have a Northern economy that will be GBP 118 billion (EUR 137.5 billion) larger by 2050.

The blueprint which builds on the first plan published five years ago, sets out the case to transform the North’s transport infrastructure and services, demonstrating how better connectivity can enable economic growth, decarbonise our transport system and create more opportunities for all. The first STP enabled a step change in government funding for rail, by setting out the case for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR).

TfN’s new Plan is focused on the outcomes needed for people and places, seeking to better connect communities and businesses with services and opportunities. It sets out robust monitoring and evaluation to measure progress year-on-year, making sure the Plan is on track.

The new STP sets out the North’s ambition for near zero emissions from surface transport in the region by 2045, supports efforts to reduce car dependency and create the capacity required to grow patronage on our public transport networks and recognises the scale of change required in accessibility needed to unlock opportunity and reduce social exclusion by one million people by 2050. The new plan puts in place a long-term ambition to treble the share of freight carried by rail.

“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,”Lord McLoughlin, Chair of Transport for the North, said:


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