Airports in the northern part of England, UK, have teamed up to endorse Transport for the North’s draft 30-year plan, which aims to reduce the economic gap between the region and the remaining parts of the country by 2050.
The Strategic Transport Plan suggests that changes are required to the North’s transport infrastructure in order to ensure growth and for rebalancing the UK’s economy.
The public-private alliance is expected to result in a £100bn economic boost and the creation of 850,000 employment opportunities by 2050.
Transport for the North new chief executive Barry White said: “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.
“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 in the North to have their say on what matters to them.”
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At present, the northern airports together cater to 42 million passengers and are estimated to have the capacity for an additional 60 million per year.
The airports are further working towards improving access through various projects such as improved international connections, better passenger and cargo services, and facility expansions.