Transport for the North (TfN) is set to be the first Sub-National Transport Body in England and is establishing itself as a leading edge organisation, mapping the way for other regions to follow.
Transport for the North (TfN) is empowered by a pan-Northern Partnership Board representing civic and business leaders from all 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) across the North, working with Highways England, Network Rail, HS2 Ltd. and the Department for Transport (DfT). Together, with the support of the business, industry, and academic communities, we are tasked with setting out the requirements of the transport network through a Strategic Transport Plan for the North. TfN has a clear remit to focus on movement between cities and key economic centres to support a more productive and integrated Northern economy.
TfN also has a role to play in supporting local and national government to align local investment in public transport and active modes of travel across the North, ensuring national infrastructure projects form part of a coherent investment programme. The Cities and Local Government Devolution Act allows for a shift in governance and power to the North, and will enable Transport for the North to become the first Sub-national Transport Body (STB) in England. TfN has submitted a proposal to the Secretary of State for Transport for Sub-national transport body status, which would give it the legal basis to make the transformational change required.