In their joint submission to the Integrated Rail Plan

Tue, June 2nd, 2020

In their joint submission to the Integrated Rail Plan, Transport for the North

Transport for the North’s Members call for a sustained investment in the North’s rail network through a commitment to “quick win” projects and high-speed links.

In their joint submission to the Integrated Rail Plan, Transport for the North’s Members call for a sustained investment in the North’s rail network through a commitment to “quick win” projects and high-speed links.

A phased 20-year pipeline of rail investment would support the North’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis and unlock future potential. That’s the message from the region’s political and business leaders, who want a clear and coordinated investment plan, committed funding and a role in deciding and delivering the schemes. To download and read the letter to the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) click here

Transport for the North is making the case that the North not only needs major projects such as Northern Powerhouse Rail and HS2 to be completed in full, but also local and regional improvements to the existing congested rail network to unlock freight and passenger capacity in the shorter term.

It’s part of Transport for the North’s first submission to the National Infrastructure Commission – the body tasked with providing evidence to support the Government in developing an Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands, announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this year.

Transport for the North says that only by having a clear Northern infrastructure pipeline of both road and rail schemes spanning the coming decades can the North’s infrastructure truly be ‘levelled-up’. It says such a plan would create job opportunities, reduce the reliance on cars, help slash carbon emissions and tackle a predicted post-COVID-19 economic shock. This forms part of the “Northern Budget” ask set out by Transport for the North in summer 2019, which calls for commitment to £39 billion for the full Northern Powerhouse Rail route, a £7bn northern infrastructure pipeline of road and rail projects, and £3bn to support the development and delivery of this work.

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