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Campaigners welcome new transport powers for northern England

16 November 2017

Campaign for Better Transport responds today, 16 November, to the announcement by the Department for Transport (DfT), that Transport for the North (TfN) will get new statutory powers to decide how money is spent on transport across the north of England.  

Lianna Etkind, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said:

“We welcome the devolution of transport decisions away from Westminster and this is the first step towards stronger powers and more control over rail services and investment across the North of England.

“However, TfN has to be accountable to transport users and the communities they serve so that people across the North feel that they are involved in the body's decision making and that it reflects their priorities.

“We also welcome the additional funding for smart ticketing and we hope this will deliver flexible travel across all modes and operators and bring real benefits for the growing number of part-time workers.

“Most passengers just want to see more investment in their transport, which is also more affordable, and which protects the natural environment that is such an asset to the region.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468  richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

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