By Jamie Shapiro, Local Democracy Reporter
Transport for the South East (TfSE) has launched a consultation that will last for 12 weeks to allow people to share their opinion on a £45 billion transport plan.
It sets out the steps to decarbonise the transport system across the South East, to level up the ‘left behind’ communities and to facilitate sustainable economic growth in the region.
In order to do all this, the plan will map out the way forward in terms of better infrastructure, a more reliable service, and increased connectivity between major hubs.
The total capital cost of £45 billion will be spent over the course of the next 27 years. It’s claimed this major investment will lead to 21 thousand new jobs being created within the transport industry alone, as well as an additional 550 thousand rail trips a day and 1.6 million bus, mass transit and ferry trips a day. All of this combined will apparently take four million car trips a day of the roads across the South East.
For Southampton, this will mean rail improvements identified by the Solent Connectivity Strategic Study, improvements to Central Station, improvements to the port, and work on certain major routes such as West Quay Road.
To view the strategy and have your say on the consultation visit the TfSE website. https://transportforsoutheast.uk.engagementhq.com/transport-for-the-south-east-strategic-investment-plan-consultation
The consultation will close on September 12.
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