Yorkshire Post 16th November 2017 ”
The creation of the first body of its type in the country to drive forward transport plans for the North was announced by the Government today. Transport Minister Jesse Norman laid down legislation which starts the process to turn Transport for the North into a statutory Sub-national Transport Body, with new legal powers and duties. It means that, from next April, TfN will have the power to produce a statutory transport strategy for the North which the Government must formally consider when taking funding decisions. It will also be able to fund organisations which deliver transport projects, work with local authorities to fund and promote road schemes and make smart ticketing a reality in the region.
The announcement this morning confirms that the body will not have the decision-making powers and ability to raise money enjoyed by its equivalent body in London, though this could still happen in years to come.
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