Transport for the North (TfN) is empowered by a pan-Northern Partnership Board representing civic and business leaders from all 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships across the North, working with Highways England, Network Rail, HS2 Ltd. and the Department for Transport. Together, with the support of the business, industry, and academic communities, we are tasked with setting out the requirements of the transport network through a Strategic Transport Plan for the North.
TfN has a clear vision of a thriving North of England where modern transport connections drive economic growth and support an excellent quality of life.
Since our inception in late 2015, we have evolved from being an embryonic partnership into a substantial organisation with a clear ambitious vision. Our team has grown to over 80 employees and we are building strong working relationships with our partners, including Network Rail and Highways England.
Significant progress has been made in developing the case for strategic transport investment across the North of England. Developing a single voice for the North has been underpinned by the publication of the Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review in June 2016.
Most recently, we have published our Strategic Transport Plan Position Statement and supporting evidence, including an Initial Major Roads Report, an Initial Integrated Rail Report and an Integrated Sustainability Appraisal, and we will be undertaking events and discussions across the region in the coming months to engage with stakeholders and gather feedback that will be used to inform the Plan. The Strategic Transport Plan will have a wide ranging and ambitious scope, setting out a portfolio of connectivity priorities to transform economic performance in the North up to 2050.
The Cities and Local Government Devolution Act allows for a shift in governance and power to the North, and will enable TfN to become the first Sub-national Transport Body in England. TfN submitted a proposal to the Secretary of State for Transport for Sub-national transport body status, which would give it the legal basis to make the transformational change required.
In March 2017 TfN welcomed the Secretary of State for Transport’s positive response to the proposal and is continuing to work with its Partners through the final stages of becoming a statutory body.
You can view the main Transport for the North website here.