One North

One North is a strategic proposition for transport in the North. It is led by the city regions of Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield and reflects the critical importance of transport in order to encourage vibrant, sustainable economic growth across the North.

The ambition is for the North to be a dynamic counterweight to the London and South-East economy; a destination of choice for investors, helping to rebalance and grow the national economy in the decades ahead.

Transport is central to making this ambition a reality, and will be fundamental to our long term economic growth.

Improving transport connections between northern cities will provide a significant boost to the economy and to the whole of the north.

What does One North mean?

Faster trains, clearer motorways, better connections between trains and trams and easier access to ports and airports will all help to deliver a positive change. Improved East and West transport links across the North of England would also complement HS2.

Investment will ensure that the North is able to deliver all it is capable of as a region and enable us to be even more competitive on the international stage. It will improve the lives of commuters, business travellers and families, boost business, attract inward investment and help to support the further development of a northern powerhouse.

One North report

In August 2014, Transport for Greater Manchester, in partnership with a coalition of key northern cities, presented a new transport plan, the One North report, to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP and HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins.

For more information about the announcement, and a link to the official report, click here.

The proposals

An investment of £10 billion to £15 billion is needed to deliver this vision – the kind of major investment needed to deliver significant change that will rebalance the UK economy. The benefits will far outweigh the cost, with improved reliability and resilience, doubling the capacity on the transport network, and journeys becoming 33-50% faster. The plan includes target investment in measures that will:

  • Optimise the strategic highway capacity through extended managed motorways and address strategic gaps in the road network
  • Deliver a high quality (fast and frequent) intercity rail network, with a new trans-Pennine rail route, tunnelled where necessary, and a faster route to Newcastle
  • Deliver further electrification of rail routes, new rolling stock, higher service frequencies, new services and the removal of pinch points to provide additional capacity on city region rail networks that connect to HS2, intercity services, metro/tram services and expanded park and ride facilities
  • Deliver digital infrastructure to provide greater network resilience and reliability
  • Provide good access that enables the efficient and timely movement of large quantities of freight by rail, road and water.
  • See HS2 built early – extending Phase 1 of HS2 to Crewe as envisaged in ‘HS2 Plus’ and bring forward of delivery of HS2 between Leeds and Sheffield, and starting HS2 services in the north in 2026 (for further information on HS2 please click here)
  • Integrate east-west rail freight capability, linking major port estuaries and north-south rail routes to reduce the trading cost base of the indust