Local transport key to economic growth in north

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has urged Transport for the North to work closely with local and combined authorities to ensure transport investment supports urban regeneration and sustainable patterns of growth.

Responding to Transport for the North’s consultation on their draft Strategic Transport Plan, the RTPI said that improved transport connectivity in the North of England will not guarantee an economic boost as new transport links, without the input of local authority planning teams, can encourage housing and labour markets to ‘spread out into more peripheral areas’.

However, council input can help reduce journey distances and promote travel by public transport, walking and cycling.

James Harris, policy and networks manager at RTPI, said: “This plan is a welcome return to planning strategically for transport at the regional level. It demonstrates how when working with a broad range of stakeholders, the North of England can articulate their shared vision for a well-connected, prosperous future. We’ve made a number of recommendations to improve the final plan, which we think will help avoid any unintended negative impacts.”