Transport for the North (TfN) Board meets at The Queens Hotel in Leeds today, Wednesday 24 November at 11am, bringing together Northern political and business leaders to discuss their reaction to the Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) and what it means for the region’s future.

TfN Interim Chair Cllr Louise Gittins branded the IRP “woefully inadequate” when it was published on Thursday 18 November, and added: “Leaders from across the North and from across the party political divide came together to ask for a network that would upgrade the North for this century and in line with the rest of the country. Our statutory advice asked for an over £40 billion network but the Government has decided to provide even less than half of that.

“If we truly want to level up the country we don’t need words and promises. We need commitment. We need investment. We need Government to make good its pledge to the North and to deliver funding so we can deliver value back into UK PLC.”

The Northern political and business leaders who make up the TfN Board will use the meeting to speak with ‘one voice’ on the region’s reaction and next steps for ensuring the North of England gets the rail connectivity it needs and deserves.