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TfN sends Shapps a Covid shopping list

26 June 2020

Transport for the North has asked the Government to accelerate investments in the region as part of a post-Covid-19 economic recovery plan. 

The sub-national transport body has written to transport secretary Grant Shapps identifying projects that could be accelerated. It has promised to submit a “comprehensive” list of schemes after the TfN board meets on 29 July. 

Potential ‘quick win’ schemes include:

  • a new River Tees road crossing 
  • the A34 Cheadle major road network scheme 
  • dualling the A500 from Meremoor Moss to M6 junction 16 
  • A1237 York outer ring road phase 1 improvements
  • the A59 Kex Gill landslip
  • the Tyne Bridge and Newcastle Central Motorway scheme
  • accelerating delivery of the A66 TransPennine road upgrade
  • the A1 upgrade from Doncaster to Darrington and A64 Hopgrove improvement (schemes currently envisaged to begin in Highways England’s road investment strategy 3) 
  • Darlington and Middlesbrough station improvement schemes, the Skelmersdale rail line on Merseyside, Cumbrian Coast Line improvements
  • Accelerating major rail schemes such as TransPennine Upgrade, Hope Valley line improvements, Leeds station capacity upgrade, and unspecified interventions in central Manchester 
  • the Tees Valley Hydrogen Train project. 
  • hybrid battery drive technology for the Windermere line and on Merseyrail Trains
  • ‘flexible’ season tickets for rail travellers. 
  • equipping all stations with EMV-enabled platform validators and/or EMV gate upgrades 
  • capped contactless travel on all light rail/metro systems. 
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