Transport for the North launched

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Published on 10 April 2018 by Robert Drane

The UK’s first dedicated regional transport body, Transport for the North (TfN), has gained statutory status and held its inaugural meeting in Liverpool.

Comprised of elected representatives from 19 local and combined authorities and further co-opted representatives from 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships, six Rail North authorities, Highways England, HS2 and Network Rail, TfN is intended to coordinate transport infrastructure initiatives and investment across the north of England.

The TfN chairman and former Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry John Cridland CBE said: “Transport for the North is striving to improve the frequency, capacity, speed and resilience of the North’s transport system to make it easier for people and goods to move throughout the region. In doing so, we want to create a globally competitive environment that can sustain economic growth for decades to come.”

This could be good news for the North’s motorcyclists, as improving representation of riders in transport policy decision-making may prove easier at the local level than drawing the attention of national policymakers in London.

Anna Zee, BMF Political and Technical Services Director, said: “The BMF urges TfN to create a transport strategy which fully integrates motorcycling and will be happy to participate in the development of such a strategy.”

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