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Final call for views on TfN’s draft decarbonisation strategy

Martin TugwellTransport for the North (TfN) is urging residents to have their say on its draft decarbonisation strategy before the consultation closes at midday on August 31.

The strategy outlines a target of near-zero carbon emissions from surface transport by 2045 – ahead of national policy – and will form the blueprint for green transport investment in the North for the coming decades.

Among the potential actions and areas of focus the strategy considers are:

  • Zero emission vehicles, including cars, HGVs and buses, with a comprehensive network of charging facilities to support their wider use
  • The decarbonisation of the rail network through electrification
  • The use of hydrogen and alternative fuel vehicles
  • Encouraging modal shift towards more sustainable ways of travelling, such as public transport and active travel
  • Opportunities for decarbonisation in the freight industry
  • Carbon reduction when projects are built, as well as carbon capture
  • How Transport for the North’s four Future Travel Scenarios could present challenges and opportunities for decarbonising transport.

Martin Tugwell, chief executive at Transport for the North, said: “The need to decarbonise our surface transport network is vital in helping to tackle the climate emergency.

"It’s also an economic opportunity for our region, and we must also ensure we harness the innovative green growth potential across the North to realise our ambitions.

“Our pioneering Decarbonisation Strategy sets the North’s path to net zero, outlining our goal to reach near-zero earlier than the national plan, and demonstrating the importance of investment in transport infrastructure and technologies.

“There can be no doubt that this is a crucial issue for us all, so we encourage people to get involved and help shape the future of this important work.”

The final decarbonisation strategy will be adopted by the TfN Board this autumn and submitted to the Government as statutory advice on behalf of the region.

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