Nasar Malik, director at professioal services and engineering consultancy, WSP provides his comment on the Government's move.

“Transport for the North being granted statutory status as England’s first Sub-national Transport Body is great news for the north. They have done some fantastic work to date engaging both the public and private sector in developing its soon to be published Strategic Transport Plan, and these necessary devolved powers are a must for its full implementation. 

“This announcement demonstrates the Government’s commitment to empowering the North with the authority it needs to sort out local road and rail routes, and devise a holistic and future ready approach to its mobility agenda, including maritime and aerial transport. Major city regions are often promoted as the drivers of the Northern Powerhouse agenda, when in reality, it’s areas such as our coastal energy hubs and other key development corridors such as the Central and Southern Pennines that have huge economic growth potential. High profile transport schemes in the region, such as Transport for Greater Manchester’s Metrolink extension programme, which is currently underway, prove that we have the skills, the ambition and the ability to deliver. Today’s announcement will give us the decision-making powers to get the spades in the ground and create the infrastructure network the north needs to make the powerhouse a reality.”

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