Transport for the North (TFN) starts the application to kick off the devolution process. This marks a key milestone in the Northern Powerhouse agenda and should allow the North to take more control of planned transport projects affecting the region.

With many large scales development in the pipeline. Projects such as the Trans-Pennine tunnel, HS2&3, and the North's Oyster card rollout. This application is likely to enable the North to take much more control of these developments and their priority.