Becoming a Statutory Sub-National Transport Body
Following approval from Parliament, we became England’s first Sub-national Transport Body in April 2018.
This landmark moment empowered the North to clearly communicate to Government its investment priorities. It also formalised our relationship with the likes of Network Rail and Highways England so we can inform their investment programmes based on the will of communities, passengers, businesses and decision-makers across the region.
This represented an unprecedented devolution of power from Central Government to all corners of the North, allowing us to set our own agenda and work together to deliver a step-change in connectivity.
Our statutory powers allow us to:
- Develop and implement a Strategic Transport Plan
- Act as ‘one voice’ for the North, relaying priorities to the Secretary of State
- Coordinate and deliver smart ticketing systems across the North
- Become a statutory partner in road and rail investment decisions
- Oversee (jointly with Department for Transport) franchised rail services covering the Northern and TransPennine Express franchises
- Construct new roads, with the agreement of Government and relevant highway and local authorities
- Decide on capital grants