Published: 12th Aug 2020

Transport for the North (TfN) has set out its initial plans for a Northern Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP), a 30-year investment plan of infrastructure projects to underpin greener growth. The £5bn pipeline includes rail, road, active travel and smart ticketing proposals; some of which could be started over the next six to 18 months to help the economy ‘build back better’ after the COVID-19 pandemic. It also underpins TfN’s proposed Economic Recovery Plan (ERP) recently agreed by the North’s business and civic leaders. The ERP is aimed at accelerating delivery of infrastructure projects to help ‘rebuild and transform the North’ by making transport more accessible and inclusive, and decarbonising the economy in the years to come. It is also aimed at rebuilding and transforming the capacity and resilience of the North’s rail network and laying the groundwork for projects like Northern Powerhouse Rail to futureproof the region’s railway for generations to come. It also highlights the need for accelerating the green transition, including pilots of hydrogen and battery powered trains, as well as rolling out essential charging infrastructure from electric vehicles. ‘Our … (To read the full article, subscribe below)