Transport 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 – a figure which will grow over the lifespan of the Plan.

This programme will help to make a big difference to the lives of people in the North East – our health, our environment and our economy.  For years our region has seen dramatically lower levels of transport investment than other areas of the country. Our Plan will address this imbalance and boost spending on schemes which will be ‘game-changing’ for the North East and how we travel each day.

The Plan covers the seven local authority areas of our two combined authorities: The North East Combined Authority (Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland), and The North of Tyne Combined Authority (Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland).

The North East Transport Plan

The Transport Plan shows what our region can do when we work together. This is an exciting time for the region and we want to work with Government to make a real difference.

Projects in the Plan include major improvements to regional walking and cycle routes, new train stations, extensions to Metro, increased bus operations and a variety of major road and rail investments. Our aims and objectives alongside our collective policy statements are outlined in the Plan.

North East Transport Plan

The North East Transport Plan was approved by the North East Joint Transport Committee on 16 March 2021.

Your feedback

The Transport Plan was subject to an 8-week public consultation in 2020/21 and has garnered support from regional authorities and the business community, along with thousands of individuals and community organisations across the North East.

To read more about your feedback and how the Plan has been updated to reflect your views, read our You Said We Did document here.

To request the document in an alternative format, please email

An Integrated Sustainability Appraisal (ISA) has been prepared for the North East Transport Plan.

Read the ISA Report here.

Read the Habitats Regulation Assessment here.

Read the ISA Adoption Statement here.