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TfN Spring Report outlines significant progress in Northern transport planning Tuesday 28th March 2017

Transport for the North (TfN), the body responsible for producing a cohesive transport investment strategy for the North of England, has today released its Spring 2017 Update Report – the first produced and published by the organisation independently from Government. The update comes hot on the heels of the announcement earlier this month that TfN is on track to gain statutory status as England’s first Sub-national Transport Body by the end of this year.

Transport for the North welcomes the Secretary of State’s response to its statutory body proposal Thursday 16th March 2017

Transport for the North has welcomed the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt. Hon Chris Grayling MP’s, positive response to its proposal to become England’s first Sub-national Transport Body.

New Strategic Transport Plan to transform the North takes shape Tuesday 21st February 2017

Transport for the North has revealed details of how it will create England’s first pan-regional Strategic Transport Plan. The plan, being created to boost economic growth in the North and improve road and rail links, could help create close to a million new jobs and add £97 billion to the economy.

North of England must go global to boost growth Wednesday 1st February 2017

JC ICC Report

Better connected airports and ports in the North of England could release massive potential benefits for trade and business growth, a report from an independent commission of business leaders has found.

A plan to transform the North’s economy Monday 16th January 2017

Nigel Foster

With Transport for the North’s Strategic Transport Plan currently being developed, we sat down with Transport for the North’s Director of Strategy, Nigel Foster, to find out more.

Driving improvements across the North Wednesday 30th November 2016

Newly published reports from Transport for the North and the Department for Transport have outlined how road journeys across the North of England could be transformed to boost economic growth.

Transport for the North Submits Formal Proposal to DfT Thursday 20th October 2016

Transport for the North (TfN) has submitted a formal proposal to the Department for Transport to become a statutory Sub-National Transport Body.

Transforming rail connections across the Northern Powerhouse Friday 14th October 2016

Vernon Barker has joined Transport for the North as Interim Northern Powerhouse Rail Director at an exciting time, as options to deliver our ambitious vision to revolutionise the North’s railways are assessed and prioritised. We caught up with him to find out more.

On the right track with Rail North Friday 16th September 2016

As plans are drawn up for Transport for the North and Rail North to integrate once TfN gets statutory status next year, we caught up with David Hoggarth, Rail North Director, to find out more about Transport for the North’s sister organisation.

North could deliver the goods for the UK economy Wednesday 7th September 2016

Transport for the North has today launched its report into how transport of freight and logistics across the North of England can play a vital role in rebalancing the UK’s economy.

Manchester to Sheffield Trans-Pennine road tunnel routes shortlisted Thursday 18th August 2016

Five routes have been shortlisted today, 18 August 2016, for the Trans-Pennine tunnel – the most ambitious road scheme undertaken in the UK in more than five decades.

Mapping our plans for the future – we talk to Amy Harhoff, TfN’s Head of Policy and Strategy, about her team’s work Thursday 7th July 2016

Transport for the North’s Policy and Strategy team are responsible for shaping the organisation’s priorities for the future and overseeing the development of the Transport Strategy and Investment Plan – not a small task! In the run-up to the launch of the Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review, we spoke to Amy Harhoff, Head of Policy and Strategy for Transport for the North, about the work of her department.

Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review outlines opportunity to transform the North with 850,000 more jobs by 2050 Thursday 30th June 2016

Digital technologies, health innovation, energy and advanced manufacturing have the potential to transform the North of England’s economy, adding £97 billion and 850,000 jobs by 2050.

Delivering the goods on freight and logistics Wednesday 1st June 2016

Freight and Logistics is one of Transport for the North’s six initial focus areas (the others are Northern Powerhouse Rail, Strategic Road Network, Smart North, Local Strategic Connectivity, International Connectivity and Freight & Logistics). Darren Kirkman is responsible for overseeing out work on freight and logistics, ensuring that the needs of the freight sector are considered across all our programmes as we develop the Northern Transport Strategy. We caught up with Darren to find out more about his role and the Freight & Logistics Programme.

Building the road to success – we talk to Karen Sanderson, a driving force behind Transport for the North’s strategic roads programme Tuesday 3rd May 2016

The Strategic Road Network is one of Transport for the North’s six initial focus areas (the others are Northern Powerhouse Rail, Smart North, Local Strategic Connectivity, International Connectivity and Freight & Logistics). Karen Sanderson works in the Programme Management Office (PMO), working closely with Highways England as they carry out feasibility studies into three exciting possible future road developments. We caught up with Karen to find out more about her role and the Strategic Roads Network Programme.

Time to get Smart! Alison Pilling tells us all about plans for smart and integrated ticketing Friday 1st April 2016

Smart North is one of Transport for the North’s six work streams, with a team developing a smart ticketing system that can be used across the North of England. We caught up with Alison Pilling, who is project managing Smart North, to find out more.

Transport for the North welcomes Lord Adonis’ call for major investment in Northern transport infrastructure Tuesday 15th March 2016

Transport for the North (TfN) has welcomed a report from the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) which calls for immediate and sustained investment to transform transport links across the North, including funding to further develop a long-term plan for a transformation of east-west rail links.

Northern Transport Strategy Spring Report marks major progress Monday 7th March 2016

The Northern Transport Strategy Spring 2016 Report has been launched by Transport for the North and the Department for Transport today, Monday 7 March 2016, in Gateshead.

Transport for the North signs agreement to strengthen cross-Border cooperation Friday 19th February 2016

New declaration for Scotland and north of England to enhance connectivity.

A new agreement will see Scotland and the north of England agree to work closer together to improve transport connectivity.

Transport for the North’s Chief Executive, David Brown, writes here about how transport will help drive the Northern Powerhouse by boosting the economy and helping businesses to flourish Thursday 4th February 2016

A vibrant north

The Northern Powerhouse is the creation of a single northern economy, which is greater than the sum of its parts.


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