Policy paper

Northern transport strategy: spring 2016

Annual update of the 'Northern transport strategy' which lists our goals and progress towards improving transport in the north.


Northern transport strategy: spring 2016

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Annual update of the ‘Northern transport strategy’. The strategy states our progress and next steps in improving transport in the areas of:

  • railways
  • roads
  • smart ticketing
  • freight
  • local and international connectivity

across the whole of the north.

New developments are:

  • investing over £1 billion to upgrade rail infrastructure, including the electrification programme, track, station and signalling improvements
  • progress on the Northern Powerhouse rail
  • committing £2.9 billion of road improvements for the 5 year period to 2020 including:
    • improving access to the Port of Immingham
    • improving the A1 Western Bypass
    • upgrading key sections of the M60, M1 and M6 to smart motorways
    • 3 studies looking at dramatically improving east-west road connections
  • that smart ticketing, subject to approval, will be rolled out step by step across the north over a 9 year period

This update has been completed in partnership with Transport for the North.

The ‘Northern transport strategy’ was released on 20 March 2015 and updated in autumn 2015.

Published 7 March 2016