UK: TfN Launches First Regional Transport Decarbonisation Strategy

Transport for the North (TfN) has launched a transport decarbonisation strategy for the north of England.

This outlines the organisation’s target to achieve near-zero carbon emissions from surface transport by 2045, and is the first regional strategy of its kind.

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The document highlights the region’s aim of going beyond national policy to meet UK targets ahead of Government-set dates, and focuses on the importance of achieving a fair transition for all of the region.

This includes maximising clean growth opportunities, the need to ensure decarbonisation is at the heart of transport-related policy and investment decisions, and how action at this level can help the region achieve its collective ambitions.

Priority activities include:

  • rail electrification
  • improving public transport – including Northern Powerhouse Rail
  • developing a regional route map for transport decarbonisation
  • developing a Zero Emission Vehicle charging infrastructure framework

The strategy’s wider action plan includes encouraging a modal shift towards more sustainable ways of travelling, such as public transport, the decarbonising of the rail network through electrification, finding opportunities to decarbonise freight and the use of hydrogen and alternative fuel.