What the £70bn Northern Powerhouse transport plan means for northern Lincolnshire

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 4 Feb 2019

Improved rail connections between northern Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire are some of the proposals being considered in the latest Northern Powerhouse rail vision.

Investment worth £70 billion is to be spent on northern infrastructure across the next 30 years - the equivalent of £50 per person - with improved rail and road connections among of the top priorities.

It is hoped that the transport improvements will bring 'transformational change' which will create 850,000 new jobs.

One of the ideas for improving the rail network is making it easier for people to travel between Cleethorpes and Doncaster, which would connect northern Lincolnshire with economic hubs in South Yorkshire.

The plan would reduce journey times while improving train capacity for passengers using the South Transpennine Line, which also runs through Scunthorpe and Barnetby stations.

Journey times could be improved on trains from Cleethorpes through Grimsby and Scunthorpe to Doncaster

If approved, the changes would be made within the next eight years.

Later phases of the Northern Powerhouse Plan could see improvements made to the Humber region's major roads, including the A15 junction with the M180.

Read more: Major £13.5m Scunthorpe gateway scheme given the go-ahead

The Lincolnshire Lakes Road infrastructure to support 6,000 houses around Scunthorpe would also be rolled into the region-wide scheme.

Barry White, chief executive of Transport for the North, said: "The Strategic Transport Plan is a hugely important document for the north. It is our vision for a prosperous pan-northern future and outlines how investment in transport could transform our economy.

Barry White, Chief Executive of Transport for the North (Image: Transport for the North)

"Our investment programme outlines how an additional investment of around £50 per person in the north, per year, could play a part in unlocking a £100 billion increase in economic activity and create 850,000 new jobs.

Read more: North Lincolnshire's economic ambition wows Westminster

"For the people of the north, this will mean more choice over where they live and work, access to higher quality jobs and better connections to friends and families. It will mean our businesses have more opportunity to collaborate, trade and grow in a sustainable way.

"This final plan will be a statutory document written by the north, for the north, and will be our blueprint to deliver transformational change and leave a legacy for future generations."

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