Dominic Browne 11 February 2019

Northern leaders approve £70bn transport plan

Northern leaders approve £70bn transport plan image

Leaders across the North of England have officially approved a £70bn transport plan for the region and will now take steps to submit a Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC) to Government for rail investment.

Transport for the North (TfN) - the country's only statutory sub-national transport authority - agreed to submit proposals to invest up to £39bn in a modern rail network for the North.

This is a first step in the Northern Powerhouse Rail programme a combination of new and existing schemes, including upgrades and new lines.

Tim Wood, TfN’s Northern Powerhouse Rail director, said: ' In Northern Powerhouse Rail, we have turned ambition and passion into a robust evidence base for investment of up to £39 bn.

'It provides viable options and solutions to the North’s rail challenges. For too long, passengers and businesses have been held back by slower than average train speeds and poor connectivity between our city regions. If we’re going to rebalance the UK’s economy, this needs to be tackled head on.

'There’s no let-up. While the Government considers this case, we will begin the more in-depth design and feasibility work that will take us closer to a final preferred network. If we get the right level of support and investment, the aim is to begin construction in 2024.'

TfN said the confidential business case will outline the basis of 'further detailed development over the next 18 months, funded by an additional £37m allocated in last Autumn’s Budget'.

It will also feature high-level concepts aimed at fully integrating with HS2 including:

  • A new line linking Leeds and Manchester via Bradford, including the option for a Bradford city centre station
  • A new twin-track line linking Liverpool to HS2 and onwards to Manchester and other Northern cities, via Warrington and Manchester Airport
  • Significant upgrades and integration with HS2 linking Leeds and Sheffield
  • Significant upgrades between Sheffield, Leeds and Hull
  • Significant upgrades of the Hope Valley corridor between Manchester and Sheffield
  • Significant upgrades between Newcastle and Leeds
  • Hub concepts for Northern Powerhouse Rail stations
Standards of conduct in local government image

Standards of conduct in local government

Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy explore why there could be major changes ahead to the regime for monitoring the standard of conduct of members of local authorities in England.
Highways jobs

Interim Development Manager

Tile Hill
£600 - £700 per day
Interim Development Managers are required by our local authority client to lead the delivery of significant property and regeneration projects. South East
Recuriter: Tile Hill

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The December issue of Local Government News looks at the consequences a council may face if it is unable to provide statutory services, the launch of Liverpool’s housing company and how councils can best manage roles in local authority companies.

It also has a special section on green building and energy efficiency including what funding is available to enable councils to deliver heat networks and how councils can pay for ‘smart buildings’.

Register for your free magazine