The House of Lords has approved regulations for Transport for the North to become the first sub-national transport body in England.
A motion will now be considered in the House of Commons on Wednesday, January 10. If it receives the green light, it will give the organisation the all-clear to enact statutory status for the new financial year.
Transport for the North has secured the support of all 56 local authorities from across the North of England for its draft regulations.
It is due to launch its draft Strategic Transport Plan for consultation on Tuesday, January 16.