Becoming a Statutory Sub-National Transport Body
The Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016 allows the Secretary of State for Transport to establish Sub-National Transport Bodies for any area outside of Greater London. This allows organisation’s like Transport for the North (TfN) to draw down powers from central government, and to develop and set transport strategy and important related matters. The powers of each Sub-National Transport Body must be requested in a proposal to the Secretary of State, with the consent of all its constituent transport authorities, and then agreed in law.
All of the northern Local Transport Authorities signed up to TfN’s proposal to enable it to:
- Develop a Strategic Transport Plan for the North, coordinating investment and work across the region to drive economic growth; and
- Coordinate and deliver one smart, integrated ticketing system across the North.
Together with the Department for Transport to:
- Agree objectives for the region for Network Rail and Highways England to ensure that their priorities are driven by the needs of the North; and
- Share responsibility for managing the TransPennine Express and Northern rail franchises, with an emphasis on investment and long-term planning.
TfN submitted its proposal to the Secretary of State for Transport, which will 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 by the end of 2017.