The updated Long Term Rail Strategy is launched alongside Transport for the North’s Strategic Transport Plan for public consultation

Civic and business leaders from across the North have come together to publish Transport for the North’s draft Strategic Transport Plan. The thirty year plan 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.

Members of Transport for the North’s Partnership Board have launched the plan, of which the updated Long Term Rail Strategy forms part, at six locations across the North. The integration of Rail North’s Long Term Rail Strategy reflects the planned integration of the organisation into Transport for the North later this year.

The draft update of the Long Term Rail Strategy, released in January 2018, takes into account the unique opportunities of proposed national infrastructure schemes, including HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.

David Hoggarth, Rail North Director said: “Our update of the Long Term Rail Strategy ensures that the future railway makes the most of proposed major infrastructure projects and that benefits are felt across the whole of the North. It proposes enhancements to the capacity and capability of the entire rail network and improved train and station facilities in a wholesale transformation.

“Our strategy draws on the significant work done to date through the co-managed, transformative Northern and TransPennine Express franchises.

“The joining of planning for ‘track and train’ reflects the unique opportunity that joining with Transport for the North will offer, enabling regional train service solutions to be developed and implemented alongside strategic infrastructure development.”

The public are being asked to share their thoughts on the proposals through a thirteen-week consultation.

Once we have considered the consultation feedback a final version of the Long Term Rail Strategy will be published.

To access the full January 2018 draft update of the Long Term Rail Strategy please visit www.transportforthenorth.com/wp-content/uploads/Long-Term-Rail-Strategy_TfN.pdf.

The consultation on the draft Strategic Transport Plan, of which the Long Term Rail Strategy forms part, is being carried out independently and will run from 16 January to 17 April 2018. It is available at: www.ipsos.uk/transportplanconsultation.