The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has called Strategic Transport Plan a “major step forward” for improvement on the roads and railways in the north of England.
Deputy Chairman of the NIC, Sir John Armitt, responded to the publication of the £70 billion plan from Transport for the North (TfN), which will transform the region’s travel, boosting the economy and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs by 2050.
The Strategic Transport Plan will evaluate how to improve the major road network so that the economy grows, and the plan also outlines the ambitions for Northern Powerhouse Rail, which will improve links between the region’s major towns and cities.
It is estimated that by 2050, the Strategic Transport Plan will have added £100 billion to the economy and created 850,000 jobs thanks to infrastructure projects such as construction of a rail line between Liverpool and the HS2 Manchester spur.
Sir John Armitt at the NIC said that the plans mark an important step in the roads and railway vision and called on collaboration between TfN and the government.
He said that the “Strategic Transport Plan for the north marks a major step forward in the development of a single shared vision to reduce journey times, increase capacity and improve reliability on the roads and railways linking the major cities of the north.
“In our High Speed North report, we called for a transformed rail network and major upgrades to the northern motorway network in order to super-charge the region’s economic development, so we’re pleased that the TfN has responded positively to these recommendations.
“It will be important now for the government and TfN to work together and make rapid progress towards delivering the long term transformation that the northern transport networks need, alongside taking short term action to ensure passengers and commuters continue to see improvements in their regular journeys.”