30-Year Transport Plan For The North Unveiled
A new 30-year transport plan aimed at helping the economy in the north of the UK grow and thrive has been unveiled by Transport for the North.
The strategic transport plan outlines how infrastructure and connections across the north of the country need to be improved in order to close the economic gap between this area and the rest of the UK.
Under the strategy unveiled this month, there will be a sustained programme of investment that the partnership estimates will create 850,000 new jobs and bring an additional £100 billion to the economy by 2050.
Transport for the North chairman John Cridland explained that excellent transport connections are at the heart of the plans, because these will “drive economic growth and support an excellent quality of life”.
He added: “This is an ambitious programme that will improve our roads and railways, and will also drive a sea change in skills development in the north and ensure we meet that historic gap in investment.”
Improving rail, road and freight links is all part of the plan outlined by the organisation and backed by local councils.
In Leeds, one transport scheme that has recently hit a road bump is the new East Leeds Orbital Road. The project had been awarded to Carillion, although with the firm now in liquidation Leeds City Council has announced that it will find a new developer.
As Carillion had yet to sign any official contracts with the council, despite being announced as the winner of the tender process, the business’ collapse isn’t expected to impact the council in terms of costs, although it will now need to find an alternative contractor.
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