Connected North East: Our Blueprint

Our ‘Connected North East: Our Blueprint’ document forms the basis of ongoing discussions with central government about regional transport and digital connectivity post Covid-19.

Coronavirus has significantly impacted the North East economy in a variety of ways and regional connectivity will undoubtably have a huge part to play in helping the North East bounce back.

The Blueprint provides a clear request to Government for a £1billion package over five years to deliver a connected North East. The Blueprint also requests devolved power, which would allow the region to better integrate our transport services, sustained funding for public transport to operate and also importantly the investment and upgrade of national infrastructure assets which serve our region such as the East Coast Main Line and major roads.

Connected North East: Our Blueprint was a collaborative project brought together by a number of North East partners. Transport North East led on the transport elements with input from the seven North East local authorities. Digital elements within the strategy were led by the North East LEP with input from the seven local authorities and partners.

Connected North East

Connected North East

Read the Connected North East blueprint by clicking below.

Read the Connected North East blueprint here

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Strategy & Policy

North East Bus Service Improvement Plan
The region’s first BSIP unveiled a new £804 million bid to Government which transport leaders are confident will transform bus services across the North East.
North East Transport Plan
The North East Transport Plan sets out our region’s transport aspirations up to 2035. It brings to life our transport aspirations and includes a live programme of around 243 schemes which equal at least £6.8bn of transport investment.
North East Rail and Metro Strategy
Following the publication of the North East Transport Plan in 2021, the North East Rail and Metro Strategy (NERMS) has been created which sets out how Rail and Metro can play a key role in achieving our region’s shared transport