ICE welcomes the first-ever strategic transport plan for the North

It outlines how £70bn of investment could transform the region, making it attractive to businesses and tourists.

Snow-covered tracks in northern England. Image credit: Nate Williams/Unsplash
Snow-covered tracks in northern England. Image credit: Nate Williams/Unsplash

A strategic transport plan for the north of England has been unveiled, outlining how £70bn of investment until 2050 could contribute to an extra £100bn in the region’s economic growth.

The Transport for the North’s Strategic Transport Plan (STP) to 2050 plan was published this week. 

By improving transport links to the region’s ports and airports, it aims to make the North a more attractive place for businesses to invest and base themselves, as well as increase tourism to the area.

Penny Marshall, Regional Director for ICE North East and Yorkshire and Humber, welcomed the plan, describing it as a “clear, cohesive and effective strategy”.

Improving rail and airport links

Marshall said she was “impressed” with the plan for details such as improved links to Leeds-Bradford airport and the commitment to improvements on the A1.

She was also pleased with the plans for improved rail facilities from Northumberland to Darlington, and across the Tees Valley, to help increase the region’s links with the rest of the UK.

“This will surely be a huge win for the residents and businesses in the area,” said Marshall.

Marshall said that collaboration was essential to the plan's success.

“In our report, Delivering a Northern Infrastructure Strategy, we outlined the need for collaboration to address the transport needs of the North,” she said.

“It’s essential that government and industry now work together to develop a clear, sustainable, long-term approach that takes account of local spatial planning, driven by population growth and changing employment patterns."