Transport for the North has begun a thirteen-week consultation on its Strategic Transport Plan for the North, and is inviting people’s views at an event being held in Sheffield this week.
Senior Transport for the North representatives will be visiting Sheffield as part of a dedicated session to outline the plan’s recommendations, advise on what this could mean for Sheffield and the wider City Region and invite questions and feedback that people may have.
Martin McKervey, a partner at international law firm CMS, is the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board lead member for Transport, and a member of Transport for the North Partnership Board.
He said: “Sheffield City Region has worked closely with Transport for the North in the development of this important Plan and we are very supportive of its aims and ambitions with regard to the strategic role of transport in enabling the realisation of the Northern Powerhouse.”
Mr McKervey added: “Transport for the North is working to make it easier for people and goods to travel across the region, improving access to jobs, supporting businesses and improving the movement of freight and goods across the North and to ports and airports.
“We are very clear in our ambition to deliver a fully integrated multi-modal transport network, with high frequency and low travel times to major norther cities and to London. We want this to work for everyone so we can maximise the opportunities this will present to further grow the economy of this great city region.’’
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. I’m delighted that we’re now in a position to share this work with the public and invite their questions and comments. This is crucial to ensuring the plan is fit for purpose and meets the needs and aspirations of those who will benefit from improved infrastructure and economic prosperity, the citizens of the North.
“This is first time transport in the North has been looked at on a pan-northern level offering a unique opportunity for everyone to have their say on what matters to them in their areas. I’d encourage people to attend the event.”
The drop-in consultation event is open to everyone and is an opportunity 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.
4pm – 5pm: Presentation from Transport for the North representative and Q+A
5pm – 6pm: Drop-in Q+A
6pm – 7pm: Presentation from Transport for the North representative and Q+A
The event will be held at Sheffield City Hall between 4pm – 7pm on February 14 February.
The thirty-year plan, which was released in draft on Tuesday 16 January, 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.
Transport for the North’s public consultation runs until 17 April 2018 with similar engagement events taking place across the North. A final version of the plan will be published later in the year and submitted to the Government for ministerial consideration.
Find out more by visiting www.transportforthenorth.com.
Notes to Editors
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Consultation event address: Sheffield City Hall, Barkers Pool, Sheffield, S1 2JA
Notes to editors:
- Transport for the North is a partnership, bringing together local and combined authorities and business leaders from across the North with Central Government. This body allows the region to speak with one voice on the transport infrastructure investment needed to boost the North’s economy.
- In 2016, the Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review, commissioned by Transport for the North on behalf of Northern partners, demonstrated how unique capabilities which are present across the North could be harnessed to transform the region, adding almost £97billion to the UK economy and creating up to 850,000 jobs by 2050.
- In February this year, the Independent International Connectivity Commission – formed by Transport for the North’s Chair, John Cridland, to offer an expert business view of the global connectivity needs of the North of England – found that improving international links with the North could see 75 million air passengers travelling to and from the region each year by 2050, nearly double the current number. Also, by developing better road and rail links for the region’s ports, more freight could be being shipped directly into and out of the region.
- TfN is preparing to become the first Sub-national Transport Body in England.