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Strategic Transport Plan

Transport for the North is developing an integrated, multi-modal Strategic Transport Plan to make it easier for passengers and freight to move throughout the region across all transport modes. This plan will build on the March 2015 Northern Transport Strategy to make a prioritised case for investment in the North of England to 2050.

Informed by important evidence, including Integrated Rail and Major Roads Reports, the Plan will have wide-ranging and ambitious scope, setting out the priorities for connectivity that will inform the Investment Programme required to transform economic performance.

The Plan will complement the policy documents of Transport for the North’s regional partners including their strategic economic plans and local transport plans, and will also seek to influence the strategies and policy documents of Transport for the North’s national partners – Department for Transport, Highways England, Network Rail and HS2 Ltd.

Transport for the North will work closely with businesses across the North to understand their investment plans, in order to support and exploit the potential of the prime and enabling capabilities set out in the Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review.

Download NPIER Core messages

Timescale for developing the Plan


Spring 2017

Publication of the Strategic Transport Plan Position Statement and the Initial Major Roads and Integrated Rail Reports for stakeholder engagement

Stakeholder Engagement Roadshows

As part of Transport for the North’s commitment to involve stakeholders in the development of the Strategic Transport Plan, we are hosting a series of roadshows across the North to meet with business and civic representatives to share the findings from the Strategic Transport Plan evidence base.

The events, which started in June 2017 and will run throughout the summer in cities and key towns, are an opportunity for organisations to find out what the Strategic Transport Plan will mean for them and their locality, as well as a chance to ask any questions.


Transport for the North is particularly interested in gaining feedback from stakeholders, which will then be considered during the next stage of the Strategic Transport Plan’s development, before it is released in draft in the Autumn.

Public consultation on the Strategic Transport Plan will begin later this year. To register your interest in attending a future consultation event, please email

You can download reports from the evidence base below:

Strategic Transport Plan Position Statement

This report aims to give an overall view of TfN’s transport blueprint for the North, why it is needed, how it will be implemented and what the rewards will be to the region

Future Transport Demand Statement

Understanding the future travel needs of a transformed North of England is critical to understanding where improved connectivity and infrastructure investment is needed to sup

Initial Integrated Rail Report

The report considers the current state of the rail network in the North and make recommendations as to where and when improvements can be made so that the anticipated increas

Initial Major Roads Report

The report scrutinises the road networks across the North of England, identifying the threats and weaknesses that could impact on an efficient road transport structure, and th

Integrated Sustainability Appraisal Position Statement

To fully understand the impact that the Strategic Transport Plan will have the region’s rural and urban environments, the Integrated Sustainability Appraisal was commission

Integrated and Smart Factsheet

The aim of Integrated and Smart Travel (IST) is to create smooth, seamless journeys across the region through one single payment point.

Freight and Logistics Factsheet

Defines the strategies that need to be undertaken so that the projected increase in road and rail freight can be achieved

Rail North Factsheet

Rail North Limited is an amalgamation of local transport authorities across the region and is responsible for awarding of franchises

Strategic Transport Plan Evidence Factsheet

This factsheet gives an overall view of all of the projects and consultations undertaken by TfN that supports Strategic Transport Plan

International Connectivity Key Messages

This document sets out the plan for the North to be connected to the global marketplace via the regions ports and airports

Key challenges in developing a Strategic Transport Plan for the North

Key challenges in developing a Strategic Transport Plan for the North. A report by Campaign for Better Transport for Transport for the North