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Who We Are

Transport for the North (TfN) is the organisation formed to transform the transport system across the North of England, providing the infrastructure needed to drive economic growth.

We are a unique partnership, with elected  and business leaders from all areas of Northern England uniting to work with central government and national transport bodies. Find out more about our governance.

We are based across the North, with offices in Manchester and Leeds and have colleagues working within local transport bodies across the North.

We submitted our proposal for statutory status in October 2016, and have received a positive response from the Secretary of State to our submission. Find out more about what statutory status means for Transport for the North.

Transport for the North will not replace or replicate the work of existing local transport bodies. Our role is to add strategic value by ensuring that funding and strategy decisions about transport in the North are informed by local knowledge and requirements. This fits with the devolution agenda and TfN will draw powers down from central government rather than up from local government.


“Transport for the North is striving to improve the frequency, capacity, speed and resilience of the North’s transport system to make it easier for people and goods to move throughout the region. In doing so we want to create a globally competitive environment that can sustain economic growth for decades to come.”

“This is a landmark opportunity for the North of England to plan and prioritise infrastructure investment for the entire region and across all transport modes. This is significant not just for the North, but for the UK as a whole, as this has the potential to make a substantial contribution to rebalancing the national economy.”

David Brown, Chief Executive