Transport for the North Governance

United Kingdom

This article was produced by Nabarro LLP, which joined CMS on 1 May 2017.

Transport for the North (TfN) is the new body that has been established to determine and prioritise the transport investments needed to enable a stronger economy in the North of England and the Government policy of an economy that works for all. It is working towards securing statutory status by the end of the 2016/17 fiscal year. The organisation will need to evolve over time as it matures and the confidence in it grows enabling Government to devolve increasingly more control.

In order to deliver on its policy objectives and build the confidence that enables that evolution to happen TfN needs a robust governance structure that:

  • Ensures all major stakeholders are represented fairly, including private industry;
  • Enables effective decisions to be taken quickly and to achieve the best results for the North and in turn the UK
  • Is capable of being scrutinised and being held accountable for those decisions.

I was delighted to be asked to contribute to KPMG's discussion paper: Transport for the North Governance. The report identifies some of the key factors that are important in determining the most appropriate approach to governance throughout TfN’s evolution and then proposes an approach to achieve it.