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North’s Strategic Transport Plan’s emphasis on rail welcomed

16 January 2018

Responding to the launch of Transport for the North’s draft Strategic Transport Plan today, Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“We welcome today’s Strategic Transport Plan and its emphasis on rail investment in particular. This is long overdue given the decades of underinvestment in rail in the north of England which has left passengers with slow and limited services and routes, and ageing and unsuitable trains. We also welcome the move away from the absurdly expensive and unnecessary trans-Pennine road tunnel and hope this project can be formally disposed of.

“We now need to see the inter-urban investment in the plan matched by investment in local transport across the region, both in rural as well as urban areas, so that no community is left behind.

“Our hope is that the Plan can now provide the north of England with the opportunity to move away from car dependence and towards a genuinely low carbon transport future in which there are real alternatives to the car for getting around.”


For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. The launch of Transport for the North’s Strategic Transport Plan will take place on Tuesday 16 January. The Plan and associated documents are available for download.
  2. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).