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Governance Arrangements

The Transport for the North (TfN) Partnership is a unique arrangement that sees Northern elected leaders and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) working together to speak to central government with a united voice.

The TfN Partnership Board

Our Partnership Board is made up of elected and LEP representatives from all areas of the North, along with the Secretary of State for Transport and representatives from Highways England, Network Rail and HS2 Ltd. The Board is chaired by an independent Chair, John Cridland CBE, former Director-General of the CBI. This body allows the North to speak with one voice on the transport infrastructure investment needed to boost the North’s economy.   

TfN’s Partnership Board consists of:

  • 10 Local Elected Representatives
  • 10 Local Business Representatives
  • 6 Government & National Agency Representatives

The Partnership Board is responsible for decision making in the following business areas:

  • Better connections between economic centres allowing clusters to develop even where companies are located apart; supporting more trade, more interactions between businesses and the generation of more products and ideas; and allowing businesses to specialise in their core business and become more efficient;
  • Better commuting opportunities to the centres of economic activity, allowing businesses to access ever more of the skills that they need to have a competitive advantage, and empowering people to derive most benefit from their individual talents through their career;
  • Better capacity and reliability for freight and logistics infrastructure that supports the region’s businesses; and
  • Better travel information and ticketing systems that can expand travel horizons for businesses and individuals, multiplying the benefits offered by infrastructure and investment alone.

The TfN Executive Board

TfN’s Executive Board consists of:

  • 14 Northern city region representatives and 11 deputy representatives;
  • TfN Partner Representatives from Highways England, Network Rail, Department for Transport and HS2 Ltd; and
  • TfN Officers, including Chief Executive Officer and Strategy Director.

The role of the Executive Board is to report to the Partnership Board and provide decision making and guidance to the Programme Board. The TfN Executive Board provide senior officer representation from each of the city region’s transport authorities, DfT, Network Rail, Highways England and HS2 Ltd.

A copy of the Principles Document which sets-out our current governance arrangements is available by following this link.

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