Connectivity and transport

Improving transport is at the heart of our plans to build a Northern Powerhouse. It helps connect our great Northern towns and cities, creates jobs, and leads to faster and better journeys – all making the North a better place to live and work.

That’s why we have committed to investing a record £13 billion on transport in the North over this Parliament.

What we are doing

Smart ticketing

We are investing £150 million for a smart ticketing system for public transport across the North.

Investing in Northern roads

The first Road Investment Strategy (2015 – 2020) commits £2.9bn of strategic road improvements across the North. At the Autumn Statement 2016, we announced that the second Road Investment Strategy (2020 – 2025) will include improvements to the M60 North West quadrant and the dualling of the A66.

Local major transport projects

The government recently announced the successful bids for business case development funding from the most recent competitive round of the Local Majors Fund. They include:

  • A new Tees crossing
  • Improvements to Tees Valley east-west connections
  • The Sheffield Innovation Corridor
  • Sheffield Supertram renewals
  • Manchester Metrolink to the airport
  • Dualling the A500 in Cheshire

High Speed (HS2) commitment

HS2 is on track to start construction next year with the first trains running in 2026, making people’s journeys better and faster.

Superfast broadband

Superfast broadband is now available to nine out of 10 homes and businesses across the country, and over 750,000 properties across the Northern Powerhouse now have superfast access as a result of the government’s broadband rollout programme.

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Did you know

Seven international airports are located in the Northern Powerhouse, flying to 254 direct destinations. Additionally, 12 major foreign trading ports are located here.

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