Transport for the North invites Liverpool City Region’s views on draft Strategic Transport Plan

Thursday 22nd February 2018

Transport for the North has commenced a thirteen-week consultation on its draft Strategic Transport Plan for the North, inviting people’s views at an event being held in Liverpool next Wednesday 28th Feb. 

Senior Transport for the North representatives will be visiting Liverpool as part of a dedicated session to outline the plan’s recommendations, advise on what this could mean for Liverpool and the surrounding area and invite questions and feedback that people may have.  

Frank Rogers, Chief Executive of Merseytravel and Interim Head of Paid Service for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority said:

“Linking Liverpool City Region via new rail lines to the HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail networks will deliver an extra £15 billion boost to the Liverpool City Region economy.

“The recent £100 million commitment from the government for ‘passive provision’ to enable the connection of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail lines between Liverpool and Manchester and Liverpool and London and the subsequent confirmation that this will be included in the forthcoming Hybrid Bill for HS2 Phase 2b represent major steps forward.

“The Transport for the North Strategic Transport Plan is a key part of achieving the connectivity we need and I urge everyone with an interest in the future prosperity of our region to take the chance to look at the plans and have their say.”

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 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. 

The event will be held at Liverpool University’s Foresight Centre (1 Brownlow Street, Liverpool L69 3GL) on Wednesday 28 February between 4pm – 7pm.

Event schedule:

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 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. 

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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.

About Linking Liverpool:

Linking Liverpool is the official campaign to fully connect Liverpool City Region with the HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail networks and other key infrastructure projects.

Through Linking Liverpool, the Metro Mayor, Combined Authority, Merseytravel, Local Enterprise Partnership, business networks and other private and publicsector partners all speak with one unified voice for Liverpool City Region.


Linking Liverpool City Region via new rail lines to the HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail networks will deliver an extra:

£15 billion boost to the Liverpool City Region economy

20,000 new jobs

10,000 new homes

£30 million in extra business rates a year

2.9 million extra visitors a year

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