Published: 18th Apr 2018

The Institute of Economic Development (IED) has responded to Transport for the North’s strategic transport plan public consultation. The online consultation, which closed yesterday (17th April), invited feedback on plans over the next 30 years for road, rail, sea and air connections. It explained the need for investment in transport across the North and identifies priority areas for improved connectivity. In its response, the IED highlighted that Manchester to Sheffield is a similar distance to London to Reading yet the fastest train takes over 50 minutes longer; that too much traffic is funnelled onto the strategic motorway routes of M6, M1 and M62; and that the North West is isolated from the West Midlands because of logjams on the M6 through Cheshire/Staffordshire. IED Executive Director Nigel Wilcock commented: ‘We are generally supportive of those policies and plans which have economic development (and sustainable growth) at their core and on this … (To read the full article, subscribe below)