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Key investment decisions vital in defining the North’s future

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The region’s political and business leaders will meet to discuss the way forward for the Sub-national Transport Body as it continues to deliver its statutory responsibilities and strategic objectives

The North of England’s political and business leaders will meet at the Transport for the North (TfN) Board meeting this week in Manchester, as it continues to make the case for the region in its ambitions for strategic transport investment and planning.

Taking place at 10.30am on Thursday 29 September at Manchester City Council the meeting – available to watch online – will see Board members discuss the next steps on the Integrated Rail Plan and receive updates from the Rail North Committee.

A key priority for TfN is ensuring that investment addresses the extent to which access to transport – both in terms of availability and affordability – continues to be a barrier to individuals realising their potential.

Martin Tugwell, Chief Executive of Transport for the North, said:

“TfN continues to use its evidence-based approach to make the case for strategic transport improvements across the whole of the North. That investment is essential if the North is to deliver inclusive and sustainable transformational economic growth. Investing in the North’s potential will rebalance the UK economy.”

“The evidence is clear: poor transport infrastructure is holding back the North’s economic potential. Investing in that potential delivers benefits for our residents, our businesses, and our communities. By connecting the key economic areas of the North, we will drive growth, improve access to jobs, and ensure the North is a great place to live and invest.”

Members, who are representatives of the region’s 20 Local Transport Authorities and 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships, will be asked to agree on the International Connectivity & Aviation Policy Position.

Items also on the agenda include:

  • An update on TransPennine Route Upgrade
  • An update on Connected Mobility
  • An update on Socially Inclusive Transport Strategy

The meeting is open to the public and the media (exceptions for private items) and you can view the agenda papers here.

Earlier this month, the TfN Board called on the government for transport investment that will help transform the North of England’s economy and lay the foundations for sustainable future growth. Lord McLoughlin, Chair of Transport for the North wrote to the new Prime Minister setting out the North’s urgent and immediate priorities.

With levelling up, and the needs of the North high on the national agenda, the region’s leaders are determined to ensure the North’s voice will be at the heart of any decision-making.

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