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Tim Foster

Tim Foster

Head of Economy,
Transport for the North

Tim Foster is Head of Economic Advice at Transport for the North (TfN) and a professional economist with 20 years of experience of working economic policy and strategy. As Head of Economic Advice for TfN, Tim is responsible for developing the evidence base to support transformational investment in regional connectivity and driving economic growth across the North. He is the responsible for the Independent Economic Review of the Northern Powerhouse, the evidence base behind TfN’s Strategic Transport Plan and led the work on the business case for Northern Powerhouse Rail. A senior leader within the Government Economic Service, Tim joined TfN from his role as head of labour market analysis at the Department for Work and Pensions, where he led a major programme of trialling evaluation and analysis to support policy and strategy development, commercial procurement and operational delivery.

  • Ensuring that a strategic northern transport revolution is at the very centre of economic growth strategies moving forward
  • Releasing a Strategic Transport Plan which demonstrates that investment in transport could deliver £100 billion growth in Gross Value Added, in addition to 850,000 jobs
  • Delivering the Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) through £39 billion of investment, with the Strategic Outline Business Case receiving Board approval earlier this year
  • Delivering inclusive economic growth through targeting short trips, which in turn should reduce local congestion and target environmentally friendly growth through cycle routes