Join the call for a £60bn investment across the north

Image of Andrew Hodgson from NELEP and Cllr Forbes holding up draft plan
Cllr Forbes and Andrew Hodgson, LEP at the launch of the draft plan on 16 Feb

Residents, businesses and everyone across the North East can join the call for better road and rail networks in a major consultation exercise.

Transport for the North has begun a thirteen-week consultation on its Strategic Transport Plan for the North, inviting everybody’s views at events in Durham on Monday 5 February, Sunderland on Tuesday 6, and Newcastle on Wednesday 7 February.

Senior Transport for the North representatives are visiting as part of dedicated sessions to outline the plan’s recommendations, advise on what this could mean for the North East and invite questions and feedback.

The events are at:

Town Hall, Market Place, Durham, DH1 3NJ, on Monday 5 February

National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL Tuesday 6 February

Great North Museum, Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle, NE2 4PT Wednesday 7 February.

They are running between 4 and 7pm on all days with Q&A sessions at all times.

The NECA (North East Combined Authority), the seven councils which serve County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland, are working with Transport for the North on bringing more investment to the region.

Cllr Nick Forbes, Chair of the North East Combined Authority’s Transport North East Committee, said: “We are encouraging everyone to have their say on what needs to be done to improve transport infrastructure across the North East and the wider Northern region, to strengthen our economy and create better opportunities for our residents and businesses.

“We’re calling on Government to invest more than £60bn across the entire north, to address decades of under investment which have held back our rail networks, airports, roads and ports.

“This is an opportunity for the people of the North to have their say on the long-term investment that’s much needed for our region, to boost our economy and create over a million jobs over the next 30 years.”

Barry White, CEO, Transport for the North said: “An incredible amount of work has gone into the production of the draft Strategic Transport Plan including collaboration between the public and private sector across the whole of the North.

“The plan is underpinned with a robust evidence base making a compelling case for the investment priorities that would transform the economy of the North and the UK as a whole.

“I’m delighted that we’re now in a position to share this work with the public and invite their questions and comments. This is crucial to ensuring the plan is fit for purpose and meets the needs and aspirations of those who will benefit from improved infrastructure and economic prosperity, the citizens of the North.

“This is first time transport in the North has been looked at on a pan-northern level offering a unique opportunity for everyone to have their say on what matters to them in their areas. I’d encourage people to attend the event.”

The three drop-in consultations are open to everyone and are opportunities for members of the public to formally submit feedback on the transport plan which will be analysed and fed into the final Strategic Transport Plan before its release later in the year.

Event schedule:
4pm – 5pm: Presentation from Transport for the North representative and Q+A
5pm – 6pm: Drop-in Q+A
6pm – 7pm: Presentation from Transport for the North representative and Q+A

The thirty-year plan, which was released in draft on Tuesday 16 January, 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.

Transport for the North’s public consultation runs until 17 April 2018 with similar engagement events taking place across the North. A final version of the plan will be published later in the year and submitted to the Government for ministerial consideration.

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