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Transport for the North is making the case for pan-Northern strategic transport improvements, which are needed to support transformational economic growth. This will allow the North to increase its productivity, create more job opportunities and make a greater contribution to the UK economy. It requires the delivery of a sustained investment programme across the North to build infrastructure, strengthen skills, harness innovation, and encourage smart technology.
Transport for the North published the Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review, in June 2016. It explains that by 2050, a transformed North could see a 4% increase in productivity, equating to an increase in Gross Value Added (GVA) of almost £100 billion, and create up to 850,000 new jobs.
The review identifies four prime capabilities where the North is highly competitive. These are advanced manufacturing, digital, energy, and health innovation. To support these prime capabilities, the North has three enabling capabilities – higher education, logistics, and financial and professional services. Together, these capabilities account for around 2.1 million jobs (around 30% of all jobs in the North) and just over 35% of GVA.
Transformational improvements to the North’s transport connectivity are critical to help us achieve the vision of a globally competitive environment that can sustain economic growth, making the North a more attractive and buoyant marketplace. Improving connectivity between important economic centres will ensure the North’s people and businesses are better connected to their work and better able to do business.
Transport for the North is currently developing a Strategic Transport Plan and long term Investment Programme, setting out a compelling case for investment in infrastructure. The Plan will build on the Northern Transport Strategy, jointly published by Transport for the North and Government in March 2015.
Informed by important evidence, including Major Roads and Integrated Rail Reports, the plan will have a wide-ranging and ambitious scope, setting out the priorities for connectivity that will inform the Investment Programme required to transform economic performance until 2050.
Transport for the North has been working closely with its sister organisation, Rail North, to identify improvements needed to rail infrastructure and services across the North. This includes delivering rail franchising commitments development of fast, frequent east-west journeys through a Northern Powerhouse Rail, and identifying other improvements for rail to enhance passenger and freight services.
The rail network across the North needs improvements to capacity, connectivity, coherence and cost effectiveness. The Integrated Rail Report will identify connectivity priorities on the North’s rail network, and will include plans and proposals for Northern Powerhouse Rail, Rail North’s aspirations and franchise specifications, and the new Network Rail Northern Area Programme.
Transport for the North has seven work programmes, carrying out large-scale transport projects and providing evidence to support our strategies.
Northern Powerhouse Rail is a proposed network that can meet the needs of people and business, transforming connectivity between the important economic centres of the North.
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