The North of England’s political and business leaders will meet at the Transport for the North (TfN) Board meeting this week in Harrogate to discuss how TfN will continue to act with ‘one voice’ for the North as it sets out its business plan for the coming year.
Board Members will be discussing TfN’s vision for the year ahead when it holds its next meeting which will be streamed live on TfN’s website.
TfN has established itself as a regional centre of excellence for strategic transport planning and the capability and capacity provided by TfN is greatly valued by its members and is seen as something that needs to be retained and nurtured. The 2022/23 Business Plan looks to build on those foundations and ensure that TfN’s new operating model is focused on being:
*A centre of technical excellence for the North
*A sourced of trusted information
*A strategic thought leader and champion of strategic transport planning
*An enabler of accelerated delivery
*A trusted collaborator
Members, who are representatives of the region’s 20 Local Transport Authorities and 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships, will be asked to approve the budget and business plan. Priorities for the year ahead include taking forward work to update the North’s Independent Economic Review and the revision of the Strategic Transport Plan.
Martin Tugwell, Chief Executive of Transport for the North, said: “Over recent years TfN has become widely recognised for providing a key evidence base which helps with critical decision-making across a wide range of transport-related issues.
“This has been recognised at a national, regional and local level and is helping inform how the North evolves as we emerge from a period of significant turbulence. We now want to continue to build on this work with our partners unlock the full potential of the North.”
The Board will also be given updates from the Rail North Committee on the performance of the train operators and discuss the HS2 Phase 2B Bill which is currently being considered by Parliament.
Also on the agenda are:
*An update on the Strategic Transport Plan Development
*An update on Great British Railways and the Board’s response to the consultation on the legislative framework.