TRANSPORT for the North has published the evidence that will inform its first Strategic Transport Plan.

The plan is being developed to transform the North’s economy through investment in the region’s transport infrastructure, and TFN say could help create a million new jobs and add £100 billion to the UK’s economy.

It includes reports into how to improve roads and rail links, and will help shape the Strategic Transport Plan that TfN will adopt when it becomes the first Statutory Sub-National Transport Body in England at the end of this year.

David Brown, Chief Executive Officer, said: “The work presents a compelling case for change, underlining economic and strategic benefits of improving freight and passenger transport across the whole of the North to drive economic growth.

"We want to enable the North to make a more significant contribution to the UK economy, through higher productivity, while also increasing job opportunities. This will require the delivery of a sustained and aspirational investment programme across the North to build infrastructure, strengthen skills, harness innovation and encourage smart and innovative technology.”

TfN 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 Plan’s evidence base can be found on transportforthenorth.com.