Transport for the North invites Goole’s views on Strategic Transport Plan

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Feb 2018

Transport for the North has commenced a 13-week consultation on its Strategic Transport Plan for the North, inviting people’s views at events being held around the Humber in the coming weeks.

First up is Goole, next week, followed by Hull, Grimsby and Scunthorpe next month.

Senior Transport for the North representatives will be visiting as part of the dedicated sessions to outline the plan’s recommendations, advise on what it could mean and invite questions and feedback that people may have. 

Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for strategic asset management, housing and environment at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Investing in the East Riding’s transport infrastructure is a key long-term priority for the council and is an important way to support economic growth.

“The council would encourage local residents and businesses to view Transport for the North’s Strategic Transport Plan and to come along to the event to have their say.”

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Barry White, chief executive of Transport for the North, said: “An incredible amount of work has gone into the production of the draft Strategic Transport Plan including collaboration between the public and private sector across the whole of the North. 

“The plan is underpinned with a robust evidence base making a compelling case for the investment priorities that would transform the economy of the North and the UK as a whole. I’m delighted that we’re now in a position to share this work with the public and invite their questions and comments. This is crucial to ensuring the plan is fit for purpose and meets the needs and aspirations of those who will benefit from improved infrastructure and economic prosperity, the citizens of the North.

“This is first time transport in the North has been looked at on a pan-northern level offering a unique opportunity for everyone to have their say on what matters to them in their areas.  I’d encourage people to attend the event.”

The drop-in consultation is open to everyone and is an opportunity for members of the public to formally submit their feedback on the plan which will be analysed and fed into the final Strategic Transport Plan before its release later in the year.

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The Goole event will be held at The Courtyard on Boothferry Road, from 4pm to 7pm on Tuesday, with presentations at 4pm and 6pm, with a drop-in question and answer session between.

It rolls into Hull on March 8, Grimsby on March 12 and Scunthorpe on March 13, with venues to be announced closer to the events.

The thirty-year plan, which was released in draft last month, is the first of its kind and outlines how transport connections across the North of England need to be transformed by 2050 to drive growth and close the economic gap between the North and the rest of England.

Transport for the North’s public consultation runs until April 17 with similar engagement events taking place across the North. A final version of the plan will be published later in the year and submitted to the Government for ministerial consideration.

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