ICE Director General Nick Baveystock said:
"The Strategic Transport Plan aligns with the ICE's own recommendations, setting out a coherent case for improving connectivity across all major modes of transport. This will improve service accessibility and reliability for people in the North and help to deliver sustainable economic growth across the region.
"We are pleased that the Plan goes beyond the here and now to consider the impact and benefits of future technologies, such as autonomous and connected vehicles. It is critically important to ensure that the North's transport networks are future proofed, signalling that the region is ready and waiting to exploit this and other similar opportunities.
"With Transport for the North preparing to become a statutory body in April, the ICE supports its strategy and looks forward to continuing work together."