Transport for the North calls for fast-tracked investment

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Transport for the North has called on the Government to provide “rapid transport investment” to help rebuild and transform the north of England’s economy post-COVID and “lay the foundations for sustainable future growth”. In a letter, the group highlights the need for commitment to “quick win” road and rail schemes that could be progressed by later this year, the need to invest in high speed rural broadband as well as transport, and sustained investment in active travel. These projects would comprise an Economic Recovery Plan for the region centred on principles agreed by Northern leaders including better integrating local transport through more devolution and decarbonising the future of transport.

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The Transport Knowledge Hub comes at a vital time for our transport networks. As our population continues to grow and our roads become more congested, public transport has an increasingly important role to play in keeping our country moving. Investment in local transport infrastructure, such as rail networks and bus services, can have a huge impact on development and economic growth in local areas, so I’m delighted that the Hub will provide the guidance and expertise local decision makers need to make effective investments.

Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman of Network Rail

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