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This December we’re rounding off the year with another Transport for the North event on December 6th.

This next event will focus on highways in the North of England, including the hot topic Trans-Pennine Tunnel, and the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

The most recent plans for the Trans-Pennine Tunnel were released in August, and the five shortlisted routes all join the M60 or M67 east of Manchester to the M1 north of Sheffield. The tunnels themselves range from 11-16 miles long.

Unfortunately, the expected cost no matter which route is selected will be “in excess of £1 billion”, with a high risk of the cost increasing due to lack of detailed plans. The tunnelling work is expected to take at least 10 years, but will almost halve journey times between the cities, and is the most ambitious infrastructure project in the UK for at least 50 years.

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement is due to be released on Wednesday this week. Roads across the country are in line to get £1.1 billion invested, while a further £220 million is likely to be allocated to pinch points on Highways England roads.

UPDATE: The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement was released on Wednesday 23rd November. Within it, Philip Hammond spoke of the importance of reliable transport networks to growth and productivity. The promised investments of £1.1billion on English transport networks and £220 million on pinch points were committed to, and the Northern Powerhouse got a special mention. Hammond promised that Transport Secretary Chris Grayling would be setting out further details over the coming weeks.

Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the shortlisted routes, any new developments on the project and the outcome of the Autumn Statement with our panel of guests. Our expert panel will feature:

  • David Brown, the CEO for Transport for the North
  • Stephen Joseph OBE, CEO for the Campaign for Better Transport
  • Martin Capstick, Director of Northern Transport Strategy for the Department for Transport
  • Jim O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of Highways England (to be confirmed)

The event will be chaired by Martin McKervey, a partner at Nabarro LLP who also represents Sheffield on the board for Transport for the North.

These events are always popular, so book on as soon as possible. Book before 28th November to avoid our £10 ticket surcharge.

The event is taking place on Tuesday 6th December, 12 noon – 2:30 pm, at Halifax Hall in Sheffield. Tickets cost £35+VAT for members and £48+VAT for non-members.

Book your tickets here.

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