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Public consultation for North of England transport plans


Plans to enhance transport links across the North of England as part of the Strategic Transport Plan are now up for consultation.

Designed to close the economic gap between the north and the south of England, the 30-year plan features a number of proposals on how to improve the transport network.

The infrastructure plan could provide an estimated £100 million economic boost, while also supporting an additional 850,000 jobs in the region by 2050.

Major improvements to the A590 and A595 are viewed as a priority, alongside upgrades to the Cambrian Coast railway line.

In readiness for the arrival of HS2, the West Coast Mainline will also need work, while at this stage a full list of improvements is yet to be published.

Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for highways, transport and fleet, said that improving infrastructure in the region is “critical” to aiding businesses and the community, and to driving economic growth.

He said the council has worked closely with Transport for the North to develop the plans and has welcomed people’s views on the proposals.

Key to the plans is simplifying routes that enable the movement of goods and other freight across the north between the major ports and airports.

The proposals identify seven ‘corridors’ of opportunity which should help to enhance travel and job growth in the region.

Transport for the North chairman John Cridland described the plan as ambitious and hopes it can “drive a sea change in skills development” in Cumbria and the surrounding area.

“Our plan proposes a revolutionary investment programme that will make it possible to travel to high quality jobs” he added.

Proposals for the Northern Powerhouse Rail have also been outlined by Transport for the North, which details ways of linking a quick and reliable rail network between the North’s six largest cities.

Further plans for localised rail upgrades will also ensure that rail lines are ready and the consultation is due to be completed later in 2018.

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