Following the publication of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, Transport for the North has called for the UK government to ensure that local and regional leaders are at the core of the reform of the UK's railways.
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Transport for the North (TfN)
Transport for the Norht (TfN) are England’s first sub-national transport body, formed to transform the transport system across the North of England, providing the infrastructure needed to drive economic growth. As a partnership, TfN bring together the North’s 19 local transport authorities and business leaders together with Network Rail, Highways England and HS2 Ltd, and work with central government. TfN enable the North to speak with one voice on the transport infrastructure investment needed to drive transformational growth and re-balance the UK economy.
Tim Wood, Interim Chief Executive of Transport for the North and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) Director, explains how the construction of new high-speed lines across the North of England have the potential to revolutionise rail travel in the region.
The North’s leaders have called on the UK government to urgently publish the Integrated Rail Plan for the region’s railways, to give essential certainty on investment and delivery of major projects.
Martin Tugwell will succeed Barry White in becoming the next Chief Executive of TfN from summer 2021, with Tim Wood acting as Interim Chief Executive in the meantime.
As part of its efforts to build back better from the pandemic and improve connectivity, the UK government has set out a range of improvements for the UK's transportation network.
Though a final preferred route for Northern Powerhouse Rail has been agreed upon, Transport for the North has agreed to delay submitting the business case until the UK government’s Integrated Rail Plan has been published.
HS2's Phase 2a will see the beginning of construction of the next phase of the new high-speed railway between Crewe and Birmingham.
While the public are being asked to stay at home, the rail industry is using this opportunity to plan improvements around Manchester ready for when passengers return in much greater numbers.
The Northern Powerhouse Rail network spans from Liverpool to Hull, Sheffield and the North East, and would begin construction in 2024/25.
Barry White will step down from the role in Spring 2021, following the submission of the next business case for Northern Powerhouse Rail.
By integrating HS2 and NPR, Transport for the North outlines that rail capacity will be released, carbon emissions cut and economic recovery propelled.
Following the announcement about Tees Valley, TfN has highlighted that hydrogen power and electrification are key components of future plans for rail in the North.
As part of its efforts to connect the UK's fragmented rail network and support operators through COVID-19, the UK government has begun the process to end railway franchising.
The investment will kickstart the development of the Transpennine line between Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester, improving connectivity across the North.
Jeremy Acklam will play a lead role in driving forward Transport for the North's strategic vision for integrated and smart travel, including the delivery of flexi season tickets and contactless pay-as-you-go travel on rail.