LEGAL COMMENT: Transport for the North launches strategic transport plan

Last week, Transport for the North (TfN) set out plans for a £70billion, 30-year transport investment strategy.

Last week, Transport for the North (TfN) set out plans for a £70billion, 30-year transport investment strategy.

This 'strategic transport plan' outlines a series of strategies to boost infrastructure capabilities and connectivity in road, rail and local transport.

Lee Gordon, Partner and Head of Planning and Infrastructure at Weightmans said:

“In a relatively short period of time, Transport for the North has successfully secured a number of useful powers and partnerships relating to rail and road networks. This bodes well for its ambitious plan to improve the North’s infrastructure.

“However, TfN’s fiscal and delivery powers are still limited. Ultimately the realisation of the strategy, in the short term at least, will be dependent on TfN’s ability to secure increased funding from central government for the priority projects identified – a feat that has proven challenging in the past.

“We can only hope TfN’s diligent, evidence-based approach to lobbying for funding and its enhanced role as a spokesperson for the North of England will help unlock greater investment and a more strategic approach to infrastructure delivery.”

 

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