IPPR wants Transport for the North

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Published: Thursday 5th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Hull and other northern cities could benefit from a Transport for London-style assigned transport authority covering the area, a leading think-tank claims.

A new Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) report calls for the formation of a Transport for the North (TfN) organisation to help stimulate the region’s economic growth.

It wants Chancellor George Osborne to support the proposal in his Budget a week on Wednesday.

If approved with an TfN transport commissioner appointed, the new body could manage a transport package worth £15 billion, advocated by northern metropolises in 2014.

Road and rail links connecting northern cities would be upgraded under the plan alongside air and sea transport.

The new body would also be responsible for prioritising ticketing, franchising, infrastructure and financing.

The TfN commissioner would report back to northern authorities in areas such as Lincolnshire, North East, Yorkshire and the North West.

The Government said that generating a northern employment “powerhouse” is vital to its long-term economic strategy.

Ed Cox, director of IPPR North, said that enabling the North to be responsible for its own transport finances and powers would help to “rebalance” the UK economy.

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Published: Thursday 5th March 2015 by The News Editor

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