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Transport body sets out collaborative approach to spatial planning

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Transport for the North (TfN) has outlined the region’s shared policy positions as part of its work to review its Strategic Transport Plan, published in 2019.

The sub-national transport body is working to enhance mobility for people and businesses.

The North of England’s political and business leaders have approved a collaborative approach to supporting spatial planning and improving rural mobility.

The spatial planning policy position sets out the importance of TfN working with its members and partners to share insights and experiences to enable its members to take a holistic view on planning for transport, housing and commercial needs. Key roles for TfN have been identified as:

  • Early engagement with partners in their development of spatial plans and working to support the identification of strategic infrastructure options.
  • Making TfN’s evidence base available to enable a consistent baseline and approach when analysing the likely relationship between proposed developments and TfN’s strategic transport vision for the North. This includes TfN’s transport decarbonisation trajectories, Northern Evidence Hub and technical analysis and modelling capabilities.
  • Working collaboratively to support partners as they prepare effective policies and proposals that are sustainable, practical and well designed.

The rural mobility policy position sets out how TfN’s work can support its partners to address issues such as the impact of the cost of public transport, car dependency and limited service. It outlines four key roles for TfN:

  • To develop the rural evidence base and enhance TfN’s modelling capabilities to better reflect the rural need.
  • To assist partners to identify the most appropriate solutions by collating a library of case studies that can be used to support scheme development and innovative ideas.
  • To collaborate with other STBs – sharing knowledge and learning with the STB networks nationally to identify best practice and understand place-based solutions.
  • To use TfN’s Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to monitor improvements in pan-Northern rural mobility.

Martin Tugwell, chief executive at TfN, said: “In 2019 we published our Strategic Transport Plan: this sets out an ambitious vision for the North of England, one where modern transport connections enable sustainable economic growth and support an excellent quality of life.

“As we embark on creating a revised Strategic Transport Plan it’s important that we take into account the challenges and opportunities around decarbonisation, changes in travel behaviours post-pandemic, and the emergence of new technologies.

“Developing these and other policy positions will help us to ensure that the revised Strategic Transport Plan remains in step with the needs and ambitions of the North of England’s residents and businesses.”

More information about the Strategic Transport Plan can be found on the Transport for the North website.

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