Summer Budget: Oyster-style ticketing planned for northern train network
08 July 2015
The chancellor's Budget speech included, in referencing the construction of a "northern powerhouse", the introduction of a "seamless Oyster-style" train ticketing system across northern England.
George Osborne confirmed that he had reached agreement with the 10 council leaders of Greater Manchester to devolve further powers to the city, with a mayor set to be elected in exchange for control of more of the city's services and choices. He also revealed that discussions to make similar moves are ongoing in Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield.
Osborne also announced £30m in funding for the recently created Transport for the North body designed to improve road and rail links in the region.