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2015-01-12 TfM-001
Transport for the North


Northern powerhouse gears up at Transport for the North’s first meeting

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Transport for the North

Northern powerhouse gears up at Transport for the North’s first meeting

12 January 2015
source Transport for the North
type Press release

The route to build the ‘northern powerhouse’ will be mapped out today (Monday, 12
January 2015) when regional leaders from across the north of England meet formally for the
first time to discuss their plans with the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin.

Transport for the North’s inaugural meeting in Leeds heralds the first step of drawing up and
delivering a comprehensive programme of strategic investment which will transform the
North’s economic infrastructure and help maximise the region’s growth potential.

Chancellor George Osborne has said the creation of a ‘northern powerhouse’ is vital to
rebalance the national economy and address the gap in economic performance between
the North and London and the South East.

As well as examining east-west rail links to better connect the North, Transport for the
North will look at everything from roads, ports and airports to broadband, devolved powers,
smart ticketing and how all of this inter-connectivity would itself mesh with and
complement the UK’s other regions and HS2.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, who was addressing the North’s regional leaders at
today’s meeting, said: “Rebalancing the economy and creating a northern powerhouse of
jobs, investment, prosperity and bright futures, is a key objective of the government’s long
term economic plan.

“It is crucial we work together to deliver a world-class, integrated transport network for the
North that reduces journey times, increases capacity and connectivity and enables growth.
“We have already made great strides and the creation of Transport for the North, is an
excellent next step. I want Transport for the North to speak with one voice to Government
on the big decisions to benefit the region as a whole.”

Transport for the North, a new alliance of the North’s key authorities and agencies, was set
up by the Government in October.

It is led by the city regions that made up One North: Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds,
Sheffield and Newcastle, together with Hull and the Humber, working in collaboration with
the Department for Transport, Highways Agency, Network Rail, and HS2 Ltd.

It will jointly produce an interim report in March 2015.

Chair of today’s meeting and leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese said: “This
is about how we gear up the north and build a northern powerhouse which can properly
fulfil its potential for UK plc.

“Economic growth doesn’t happen by accident, it happens by design and having the right
integrated infrastructure in place is vital for us to generate that growth.

“Transport for the North is now charged with drawing up a bold delivery programme to
make that vision real in the next 15 years.”

Key proposals Transport for the North is now considering include:
o More trains, more seats and quicker journey times on faster, more frequent
interconnected rail services running on electrified lines. Currently, east-west journeys take
almost twice as long as equivalent journeys in the south
o A high-speed east-west railway linking Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Hull and
o Improved access to Manchester Airport
o Building in sustainable connections with other proposed schemes such as HS2, Atlantic
Gateway, the East Coast Mainline and Northern Hub. Liverpool’s planned superport will
almost double in handling capacity by 2030, all of which will need to be distributed around
the UK
o Providing additional capacity on the North’s roads for both freight and personal travel
through extended managed motorways, addressing gaps in the network, reliance on the
M62 and improving links to ports o A digital infrastructure enabling real-time information, greater network resilience and
faster connections between key areas to personal and business users.
o Improved access to enable efficient freight movements by rail, road and water including
ports, rail links and distribution centres
o Building HS2 early – extending Phase One to Crewe and bringing forwards the delivery of
HS2 between Leeds and Sheffield
o Improving East/West rail freight capability across the Pennines, linking major ports to
north/south rail routes


Media contact: 0161 244 1055 or email mediarelations@tfgm.com

Notes to Editors

About Transport for the North

o In October, the Government created a new body called Transport for the North made up
of the northern city regions. This body will work together with other authorities and
stakeholders and allow the North to speak with one voice on the big decisions to benefit
the region as a whole. Civic leaders, business people and transport experts are involved
in Transport for the North.

o It has a board made up of the following city regions, their LEPs, and national agencies:

o Greater Manchester
o Liverpool
o Leeds
o Sheffield
o North East to Hull and the Humber
o Department for Transport
o Highways Agency
o Network Rail
o HS2 Ltd

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