7 March 2018
Transport for the North has begun a thirteen-week consultation on its draft Strategic Transport Plan for the North, inviting people’s views at an event in Scunthorpe.
The draft thirty-year plan is the first of its kind and outlines how transport connections across the North of England need to be transformed by 2050 to drive growth and close the economic gap between the North and the rest of England.
Senior Transport for the North representatives will be visiting 20-21 in Scunthorpe on 13 March as part of a dedicated session to outline the plan’s recommendations, advise on what this could mean for the region, and invite questions and feedback that people may have.
Residents are invited to attend:
- 4pm to 5pm – Presentation from Transport for the North representative and Q&As
- 5pm to 6pm – Drop-in Q&As
- 6pm to 7pm – Presentation from the Transport for the North representative and Q&As
The drop-in session is open to everyone for members of the public to formally submit their feedback on the plan which will be analysed and fed into the final Strategic Transport Plan before its release later in the year.
The plan identifies seven Strategic development corridors that link important economic centres and where better road and rail connections are needed. A key focus is improved east-west links from East Yorkshire, the Humber, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire across to Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, with possible priorities including the A1079/A164 route to the Humber ports and enhanced rail access to Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
It also highlights the importance of a pan-Northern smart and integrated ticketing system and of Northern Powerhouse Rail, which would see much faster rail connections between Hull and other major cities.
Other consultation events are taking place across the region. A final version of the plan will be published later in the year.
You can find out more by visiting the Transport for North website.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire council, said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for local people to have their say and help influence these important plans to bring greater transport connectivity to the north. It will give the region a stronger voice by joining forces and will be a major boost the economy.”
Barry White, CEO, Transport for the North, said:
“An incredible amount of work has gone into the production of the draft Strategic Transport Plan including collaboration between the public and private sector across the whole of the North. The plan is underpinned with a robust evidence base, making a compelling case for the investment priorities that would transform the economy of the North and the UK as a whole.”