Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Businesses Back Plans to Revitalise Transport; Transport

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Businesses Back Plans to Revitalise Transport; Transport

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BUSINESS leaders from across the region have thrown their weight behind plans to transform the North East's transport infrastructure and boost the economy.

NE1 Ltd teamed up with commercial law firm Muckle LLP to host a briefing event for North East business leaders, to hear Transport for the North (TfN) outline their Strategic Transport Plans. The event gave company directors the chance to hear first-hand TfN's infrastructural and investment plans, and to have their say on proposals ahead of recommendations being made to Government later this year.

The plan is being developed to transform the North's economy through significant spend in the region's transport infrastructure, in moves which could help to create close to a million new jobs, while also adding almost PS100bn to the UK's economy.

TfN is keen to talk to firms and seek feedback ahead of publishing the plan, using their observations to shape the final recommendations.

David Brown, chief executive of TfN, addressed an invited audience of 40 business leaders, including representatives from Greggs and UK Land Estates. He said: "TfN has a clear mission to transform the North's economy by intelligently developing our transport infrastructure.

"Working closely with our civic and business partners from across the North East and the rest of the North, we have been identifying the strategic corridors where infrastructure investment is needed to connect areas, enabling people and goods to move rapidly and reliably around the North.

"Events like the NE1/Muckle session allow us to brief business and to hear their views, which will help influence the overall plan.

"Our Strategic Transport Plan which is due for draft release in the autumn, will include prioritised proposals to improve connectivity of these strategic corridors and by taking a pan-Northern view, it will be able to identify opportunities that previously were not considered. …

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