Smart North plan set out

Details of the proposed timeline for integrated smart ticketing – called Smart North – have been published by Transport for the North (TfN).

The Northern Transport Strategy Spring 2016 Report was launched by TfN and the Department for Transport at an event in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear on Monday (7 March).

The 33-page report also sets out plans for transformative projects such as Northern Powerhouse Rail, and plans for a trans-Pennine road tunnel.

Smart North will help passengers switch easily between buses, trains and trams across the region while ensuring value for money. It will deliver simplified fares, integrated ticketing, and improved online passenger information. It has been allocated £150m until 2020.

A strategic outline business case and implementation plan for Smart North will be presented to the Government by 30 June.

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