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Strategic Transport Plan for the North to be revised

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Transport for the North (TfN) is revising its Strategic Transport Plan to enhance mobility for people and businesses. It believes that a collaborative approach to spatial planning and rural mobility can support better connectivity and economic growth for the North of England.

Agreed by its board members, theses latest policy positions are part of TfN’s work to update its 2019 Strategic Transport Plan (STP) for the region and outline the benefits to be gained from investing in transport infrastructure. They reinforce the importance of the region speaking with “one voice” on the need for better transport networks and will help to inform the statutory advice the sub-national transport body (STB) provides to government.

In its announcement, TfN states that its work on rural mobility can help support its partners as they seek to address issues including the impact of the cost of public transport, car dependency, and limited service. The key roiles for TfN will be to:

  • Develop the rural evidence base and enhance TfN’s modelling capabilities to better reflect the rural need;
  • Assist partners to identify the most appropriate solutions by collating a library of case studies that can be used to support scheme development and innovative ideas;
  • Collaborate with other STBs – sharing knowledge and learning with the STB networks nationally to identify best practice and understand place-based solutions;
  • Utilise TfN’s Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to monitor improvements in pan-Northern rural mobility.

TfN has also highlighted the importance of working with its members and partners in a collaborative approach, sharing insights and experiences that will enable members to take a holistic view to planning for transport, housing, and commercial needs. The document outlines three key roles for TfN:

  • Engaging with partners early in their development of spatial plans and working to support the identification of strategic infrastructure options;
  • Making TfN’s evidence base available to enable a consistent baseline and approach when analysing the likely relationship between proposed developments and TfN’s strategic transport vision for the North, including its Transport Decarbonisation trajectories, Northern Evidence Hub and technical analysis and modelling capabilities;
  • Working collaboratively to support partners as they prepare effective policies and proposals that are sustainable, practical and well-designed.
Martin Tugwell, TfN.

Chief executive of Transport for the North Martin Tugwell commented on these moves, stating:
 “In 2019 we published our Strategic Transport Plan: this sets out an ambitious vision for the North of England, one where modern transport connections enable sustainable economic growth and support an excellent quality of life.

“As we embark on creating a revised Strategic Transport Plan it’s important that we take into account the challenges and opportunities around decarbonisation, changes in travel behaviours post pandemic, and the emergence of new technologies.

“Developing these and other policy positions, will help us ensure that the revised Strategic Transport Plan remains in-step with the needs and ambitions of the North of England’s residents and businesses.”

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