Tuesday the 22nd February saw the announcement of the planned Strategic Transport Plan for the North of England, an initiative that is hoped to revolutionize the ways in which the Transport for the North will bring the transport networks in the Northern regions of the United Kingdom up to scratch with the rest of the country. Indeed, it is hoped that the new initiative to tackle these issues head on and to invest more funds and capital will vastly improve the infrastructure of that particular area of the country’s economy and there are talks that it could result in a £97 billion injection into the British economy as a whole.
What it is also hoped that it will do is to create an antidote to the regular employment shortages in the country and the plan highlights on a very positive spin that almost a million employment opportunities will become available as a result of the plans that will be implemented into the Transport for the North strategy over the next few years. David Brown the CEO of the Transport for the North has voiced that he is pleased that Conservative MP Greg Clark commented on the necessity of greater investments and support for the funding of local economies and hopes that these comments will materialize into real change for the better of transport in the north of the country. David Brown emphasizes that until recently Transport for the North had not had the involvement it really desired in playing a part in transforming the transport landscape of the north, but now that Greg Clark’s comments have been made hopes that they will be able to play a much more active role in the regeneration of northern economies and infrastructure all over the land.
The Strategic Transport Plan itself is set to be put into implementation and will be maintained until the year 2050, by which time it is hoped that the problems the economies and transport systems that the regions in the north of the country that are currently being experienced will be solved by that time.