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Transport for the North

17 January 2018

John Mooney

RBA welcomes Transport for the North’s Draft Strategic Transport Plan

January 2018 saw the launch of Transport for the North’s (TfN) Draft Strategic Transport Plan, covering the period up to 2050. RBA welcomes the bold investment plan, and fully supports it’s aims to boost the northern economy by up to £100 billion, and create 850,000 jobs.

The key principle of creating Strategic Development Corridors is, in our opinion, very sound and will allow prioritisation of investment where it will bring the most benefits.

In the short term, we look forward to seeing integrated and smart ticketing becoming commonplace and also welcome the removal of the old pacer trains, that many of us who work and travel in the north are faced with daily.

Our only concern with the plan is the 30 year timescale. We would have welcomed a more ambitious programme, containing the same measures, with same levels of investment, just implemented within 20 years, to allow the North’s GVA to start to catch up with the South a bit sooner. It is hoped, that when TfN becomes a Sub-National Transport Body later this year, it will look again at timescales, and consider how programmes can be accelerated.

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