Transport for North unveils £70bn blueprint for 2050

Aaron Morby 5 years ago
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A £70bn plan to transform transport links across the north of England has been unveiled.

The strategic body Transport for the North has set out an ambitious vision to invest in northern infrastructure for the next 30 years.

The Strategic Transport Plan could contribute towards an additional £100bn in economic growth for the North’s economy – creating 850,000 extra jobs.

It set out seven strategic transport corridors focused mainly on new or upgraded rail links as well as roads.

Its centrepiece is Northern Powerhouse Rail, a fast rail line from Liverpool to Newcastle.

The vision includes plans to link Liverpool to the high speed rail network in Manchester.

A new line between Manchester and Leeds via Bradford, upgrading the line between Leeds and Hull and the Hope Valley line between Sheffield and Manchester.

Subject to formal approval, the proposals will become Transport for the North’s statutory advice to Government on what the ongoing priorities are for enhancing sustainable and inclusive connectivity across the North.

Barry White, chief executive of Transport for the North, said: “The Strategic Transport Plan is a hugely important document for the North.

“It is our vision for a prosperous pan-Northern future and outlines how investment in transport could transform our economy.

“Our Investment Programme outlines how an additional investment of just £50 per person in the North, per year, could play a part in unlocking a £100bn increase in economic activity and create 850,000 new jobs.”

 

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