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Following the establishment of Transport for the North (TfN), and as it is set to become a statutory body by 2017, this seminar will provide an opportunity to discuss the development of transport policy for the North of England and the next steps for regional devolution of powers more widely.
Timed to follow the recent publication of the Northern Transport Strategy spring 2016 report as part of the Government’s aim of creating a Northern Powerhouse, delegates will discuss the funding structure for TfN, including the Government’s commitment to provide £50 million over the course of this Parliament to TfN. They will also consider priorities for new funding for local regions following the announcement of a new £300 million Transport Development Fund and £475 million that will go towards supporting large local transport infrastructure.
Further sessions will examine the new responsibilities due to be conferred on local authorities for the delivery of local transport services as the Buses Bill progresses through Parliament - and assess infrastructure priorities in light of the National Infrastructure Commission’s recent High Speed North report that recommended “immediate and very significant investment for action now” and that decisions should be reached on key transport projects by December 2017.
We are delighted to include in this seminar contributions from David Brown, Chief Executive, Transport for the North; Russell Goodenough, Client Managing Director, Transport Sector, Fujitsu; Gary Hodgson, Chief Operating Officer, Peel Ports; Alex Hynes, Managing Director, Arriva Rail North; Adam Jupp, Head of External Affairs, Manchester Airport; Dr Jon Lamonte, Chief Executive, Transport for Greater Manchester; David Sidebottom, Passenger Director, Transport Focus and Joanna Whittington, Chief Executive, Office of Rail and Road.
We are pleased that Lord Haskins, Chairman, Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has agreed to chair a session at this seminar.