Parliament backs Transport for the North powers

The House of Lords has given its backing to new powers to make Transport for the North (TfN) the first sub-national transport body in England.

Peers have backed the process after legislation was laid before Parliament last month in the House of Commons to give the body the new powers, which mean that its recommendations will have to be formally considered by government and will allow it to make decisions over how the region spends money on transport infrastructure.

A motion will now be considered in the House of Commons on Wednesday 10 January 2018 which, if approved, will give the organisation the all-clear to enact statutory status for the new financial year.

“For the first time, a united North of England will have a say in the transport priorities which can transform the fortunes of the whole region in the long term,” said TfN chairman John Cridland.