A national approach to railways “must not be a missed opportunity for further devolution”, says Transport for the North’s Interim Chief Executive Tim Wood.
Speaking after a TfN Board meeting on June 9, Wood said that northern England’s leaders should be given “greater oversight of services and infrastructure investment”.
TfN reported that political and business leaders at the meeting felt they could not continue to wait for the Government’s Integrated Rail Plan (IRP), which is expected to outline the commitment to HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) and other major rail projects, and that the plan should fully incorporate the North’s priorities.
Submission of the NPR business case is now dependent on the content of the IRP, which is anticipated to set out the scope, funding and delivery mechanism for the project.
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