Transport for the North (TfN) is on track to become a statutory body in 2017, after the Government said it would propose amendments to the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill to give the body a statutory role.
Sub-national Transport Bodies such as TfN can be established in those areas of England that want them. Sir Richard Leese, TfN’s interim chairman, said: “Statutory status will ultimately enable TfN to implement real change, transforming Northern connectivity to rebalance the country’s economy. This announcement demonstrates the Government’s commitment to TfN and the creation of a Northern Powerhouse.”
Current work is focused on developing TfN’s updated strategy for Northern connectivity. To be published next March, this will outline the priorities for transforming the Northern economy through enhanced connectivity between the City Regions.
“TfN and the Government will be publishing a joint progress report later this autumn,” said Leese.