Transport for North integrated transport strategy response
Paul Knighting, Director at Turner & Townsend and sector lead for Rail, has commented on the UK’s £70bn Transport for the North Strategic Transport plan:
“The North has some of the most crowded rail services in the country, rail journey times are often slower than road! It’s therefore great to see that TfN (Transport for the North) has set out a bold vision for the transformation of transport in the region.
“We particularly welcome the inclusion of further updates to the Long Term Rail Strategy, which outlines priorities for investment in lines, stations, services and franchise operations.
Delivering these priorities would bring greater connectivity, capacity and cost-effectiveness to the rail network.
Viewed alongside the evolving vision for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), these measures will provide rapid and reliable rail links between the North’s major cities.
“Having established this much anticipated strategy, we look forward to the conclusion of the public consultation, the statutory status of TfN and the subsequent review and support of the Treasury in prioritising the Northern Powerhouse agenda.
“Addressing the priorities of the Strategic Plan, against a backdrop of limited public funds, low productivity in the construction industry and a growing skills shortage are key considerations .
We are delighted to see that the Strategic Plan includes options for attracting private investment into infrastructure schemes which will ultimately make or break the ultimate vision of the plan.
“We look forward to working with TfN in the development and delivery of these transformational improvements to the North’s transport connectivity and witnessing the tangible socio-economic benefits that this will bring to the people of the North.”