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Transport for the North proposes ‘revolutionary’ investment plan


A proposal from Transport for the North could revolutionise the region’s transport links and provide a £100 billion economic boost, as well as 850,000 additional jobs by 2050.

The proposal includes plans to boost the roads and rail links in the North of England over the next 30 years in seven ‘corridors of opportunity’, which are areas where the movement of people and goods has the potential to be improved.

Routes include those between the non-carbon energy and research centres in Cumbria, north Lancashire, North Yorkshire and the North East, and from the Port of Liverpool to the Humber ports, via Cheshire, Greater Manchester and the Sheffield City Region.

There is also more detail within the plan on Northern Powerhouse Rail, which includes a new line between Liverpool and the HS2 Manchester spur, as well as one connecting Manchester and Leeds via Bradford. Capacity at Manchester Piccadilly is also set to be increased.

The foundation for the proposal comes from think tank IPPR North, which claims that £427 is being spent per person on current or planned transport projects in the North, compared to £1,943 in London.

In April this year, Transport for the North is set to be granted statutory status, which means that the plans must be considered by the Government when decisions about investment in the North need to be made.

John Cridland, Chairman of Transport for the North, said: “Our plan proposes a revolutionary investment programme that will make it possible to travel to high-quality jobs. This is an ambitious programme that will improve our roads and railways, and will also drive a sea change in skills development in the North and ensuring we meet that historic gap in investment.”

The Government already has plans in place to spend more than £13 billion transforming transport in the region, in what they claim is the biggest investment in the region for a generation.

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