Cheshire East Council has joined other local authorities in the north west wishing to form a strategic transport-focused organisation Transport for the North.
By securing a seat at the table, it will give Cheshire East a strong voice in planning and developing a connected transport infrastructure for the whole of the north and north west.
Key objectives for the council will be to see that HS2 delivers the 360-degree connectivity hoped for when high-speed rail arrives in Crewe in 2027.
Extending high-speed rail beyond Crewe to Manchester Airport and Manchester, with aspirations to develop a fast trans-Pennine link, is also high on the agenda.
Council Leader Rachel Bailey said: “Transport for the North will have a major influence on transport investment in the north of England and Cheshire East will have a say in the development of the Strategic Transport Plan for the north.
“The next step is to put Transport for the North on a statutory footing and we are asking government to put the required regulations before Parliament without delay.
“This will help to provide the investment that Cheshire East needs in our infrastructure to support the economic growth and improved quality of life for all our residents.”
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