As part of the UK government’s plan to give regions across the UK greater influence over transport investment decisions, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced a £2 million (EUR 2.2 million) funding boost for sub-national transport body Economic Heartland and Transport for the South East of England to develop ambitious strategies to improve journeys for goods and passengers.
These plans will allow people in counties including Kent, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire to influence government investment decisions at a more regional level, filling the existing gap between national and local transport authorities.
“This is a great step forward for our region’s transport system and all the people who rely on it. We’re grateful to the DfT for this vote of confidence in Transport for the South East and in the work we’re doing with them to ensure we have an innovative and efficient network for decades to come,” Councillor Keith Glazier, Chairman of Transport for the South East, said.
The funding announcement coincides with Transport for the South East launching its Economic Connectivity Review in Farnborough. This represents a key milestone in its work towards developing a transport strategy for the South East, helping improve journeys for 7.5 million people and 329,000 businesses from Berkshire to Kent.