Armitt welcomes ambitious plans for transport in the North

Published: 16 Jan 2018



Front of Liverpool Lime Street station

Sir John Armitt today welcomed Transport for the North’s strategic plan, including its renewed focus on prioritising Northern Powerhouse Rail, as an important step forward towards a transformed transport network across the North of England.

The plan proposes new road and rail links aimed at boosting the region’s economy and unlocking new jobs, including a new line between Liverpool and the HS2 Manchester spur and a new link connecting Manchester and Leeds via Bradford.

Responding, Deputy Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission Sir John Armitt said,

“Today’s Strategic Transport Plan for the North marks a major step forward in the development of a single shared vision to reduce journey times, increase capacity and improve reliability on the roads and railways linking the major cities of the North.

“In our High Speed North report we called for a transformed rail network and major upgrades to the northern motorway network in order to super-charge the region’s economic development, so we’re pleased that the TfN has responded positively to these recommendations.

“It will be important now for the Government and TfN to work together and make rapid progress towards delivering the long-term transformation that the northern transport networks need, alongside taking short-term action to ensure passengers and commuters continue to see improvements in their regular journeys.”

Share this article


Recent Articles

We’re recruiting: Senior policy adviser
Multiple infrastructure images

We’re recruiting: Senior policy adviser

We are looking to appoint a new senior policy adviser to the Commission’s policy team. The role will suit someone with existing experience in policy development as well as demonstrable skills in analysing complex evidence and data and rigorously assessing its value, and also communicating their subsequent findings and recommendations effectively to senior colleagues, policy...

21 Jun 2024 By
We’re recruiting: Policy adviser (energy)
Wind turbine being built

We’re recruiting: Policy adviser (energy)

Are you a creative and analytical thinker, someone who can work flexibly and collaboratively on complex policy issues and build productive working relationships with stakeholders across government and industry as well as with colleagues? Are you interested in helping shape policy on the country’s long term shift from a reliance on fossil fuels towards a...

30 May 2024 By
The pre-election period: 25 May – 4 July 2024
Houses of Parliament

The pre-election period: 25 May – 4 July 2024

In the run-up to the UK General Election, the Commission – like other public sector bodies – is required to act in accordance with the 2024 General Election guidance. The Commission offers independent advice to the government of the day, and it is not appropriate for it to engage in discussion of government policy during...

25 May 2024 By

Evidence_Icon_Turquoise Created with Sketch.

Explore data used in the Commission's research, and gain insights from across UK infrastructure

Join our team of professionals supporting the Commission to provide evidence based and forward thinking advice on infrastructure strategy.