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Transport for the North Invites Local Views On Strategic Transport Plan

Transport for the North has commenced a thirteen-week consultation on its Strategic Transport Plan for the North, inviting people’s views at an event being held in Tees Valley next Tuesday.

Senior Transport for the North representatives will be visiting Stockton-on-Tees as part of a dedicated session to outline the plan’s recommendations, advise on what this could mean for Tees Valley and the surrounding area and invite questions and feedback that people may have.

Councillor Bill Dixon, Tees Valley Combined Authority Cabinet Member for Transport said: “We’ve worked in partnership with Transport for the North to deliver a plan that could improve the lives of residents, visitors and businesses across the Tees Valley, and support our work to drive economic growth and improve quality of life.

“I urge people and businesses to have their say and help us to shape and improve the region for generations to come.”

Barry White, CEO, Transport for the North said: “An incredible amount of work has gone into the production of the draft Strategic Transport Plan including collaboration between the public and private sector across the whole of the North.

“The plan is underpinned with a robust evidence base making a compelling case for the investment priorities that would transform the economy of the North and the UK as a whole. I’m delighted that we’re now in a position to share this work with the public and invite their questions and comments. This is crucial to ensuring the plan is fit for purpose and meets the needs and aspirations of those who will benefit from improved infrastructure and economic prosperity, the citizens of the North.

“This is first time transport in the North has been looked at on a pan-northern level offering a unique opportunity for everyone to have their say on what matters to them in their areas.  I’d encourage people to attend the event.”

The drop-in consultation is open to everyone and is an opportunity for members of the public to formally submit their feedback on the plan which will be analysed and fed into the final Strategic Transport Plan before its release later in the year.

The event will be held at ARC, Stockton-on-Tees, between 4pm – 7pm on Tuesday 6 March.

Event schedule:

4pm – 5pm: Presentation from Transport for the North representative and Q+A

5pm – 6pm: Drop-in Q+A

6pm – 7pm: Presentation from Transport for the North representative and Q+A

The thirty-year plan, which was released in draft on Tuesday 16 January, is the first of its kind and outlines how transport connections across the North of England need to be transformed by 2050 to drive growth and close the economic gap between the North and the rest of England.

Transport for the North’s public consultation runs until 17 April 2018 with similar engagement events taking place across the North. A final version of the plan will be published later in the year and submitted to the Government for ministerial consideration.

Find out more by visiting www.transportforthenorth.com/stp.

Issued on behalf of Transport for the North.