Transport for the North invites local views on draft Strategic Transport Plan

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Mar 2018

CONSULTATION details on Transport for the North's Strategic Transport Plan have been revealed.

Having launched in Hull in January, the 13-week consultation follows up with Hull, Grimsby and Scunthorpe 'stops'. 

Senior Transport for the North representatives will be visiting as part of dedicated sessions to outline the plan’s recommendations, advise on what this could mean for the Humber, North and North East Lincolnshire, and invite questions and feedback that people may have. 

Local political leaders are keen for people to have their say.

Councillor Martin Mancey, portfolio holder for economic investment and strategic transport at Hull City Council, said: “This is a crucial opportunity for residents and commuters to have their say on how transport connectivity impacts on their lives and how the draft Strategic Transport Plan could potentially transform the northern economy.

“Our transport infrastructure needs to be fit-for-purpose to keep up with the rapid growth at which the northern economy is expanding. Transforming the way we connect with other cities across the north through strategic planning, investment and technology will secure the long-term future of both our local and regional economy, optimising our role as a leading northern city.”

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Cllr David Watson, portfolio holder for Energy and Environment at North East Lincolnshire Council and Transport for the North board member, said: “Transport for the North’s drop-in events are a welcome opportunity for people to find out more about their plans for the next three decades.

“Your comments are vital in helping the organisation understand what is needed to improve our connections with the rest of the North of England.”

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local people to have their say and help influence these important plans to bring greater transport connectivity to the north. It will give the region a stronger voice by joining forces and will ultimately boost the economy.”

The drop-in consultation is open to everyone and is an opportunity for members of the public to formally submit their feedback on the plan which will be analysed and fed into the final Strategic Transport Plan before its release later in the year.

Barry White, chief executive of Transport for the North said: “An incredible amount of work has gone into the production of the draft Strategic Transport Plan including collaboration between the public and private sector across the whole of the North. 

“The plan is underpinned with a robust evidence base making a compelling case for the investment priorities that would transform the economy of the North and the UK as a whole. I’m delighted that we’re now in a position to share this work with the public and invite their questions and comments. This is crucial to ensuring the plan is fit for purpose and meets the needs and aspirations of those who will benefit from improved infrastructure and economic prosperity, the citizens of the North.

“This is first time transport in the North has been looked at on a pan-northern level offering a unique opportunity for everyone to have their say on what matters to them in their areas.  I’d encourage people to attend the event.”

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The event in Hull will be held in the Austen & Blake Room, Canham Turner Building at the University of Hull on Thursday, March 8, with the event in Grimsby at the Fishing Heritage Centre on Alexandra Dock on Monday, March 12 and the Scunthorpe event at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Church Square on Tuesday, March 13.

Event schedule (for all three events):

4pm – 5pm: Presentation from Transport for the North representative and Q+A

5pm – 6pm: Drop-in Q+A

6pm – 7pm: Presentation from Transport for the North representative and Q+A

The 30-year plan is the first of its kind and outlines how transport connections across the North of England need to be transformed by 2050 to drive growth and close the economic gap between the North and the rest of England.

The plan identified seven strategic development corridors, which link important economic centres and where better road and rail connections are needed. A key focus is improved east-west links from East Yorkshire, the Humber, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire across to Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, with possible priorities including the A1079/A164 route to the Humber ports and enhanced rail access to Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

It also highlights the important of a pan-Northern smart and integrated ticketing system and of Northern Powerhouse Rail, which would see much faster rail connections between Hull and other major northern cities.

Transport for the North’s public consultation runs until April 17, with similar engagement events taking place across the North. A final version of the plan will be published later in the year and submitted to the Government for ministerial consideration.

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