We need economic growth, in particular for the Enterprise M3 area, to remain central to strategic transport infrastructure plans and investment of our partners.
We responded in several ways to the Government on the consultation on the Airport’s National Policy Statement. This consultation focussed on Heathrow expansion and we reemphasised the economic and connectivity justifications both in a direct response to the consultation, as signatory to the response of the Heathrow Strategic Planning Group and we also submitted evidence directly to the Transport Select Committee considering this issue.
The Government’s Major Road Network, has a clear emphasis on the importance of economic growth and housing as well as linkages to the Industrial Strategy. However, the focus lacked vision and consideration of a whole corridor approach, with little mention and emphasis put on digital or technology and lack of use of economic metrics, which are key to maximising the benefits of investment in our roads.
Although we articulate the needs of the Enterprise M3 loud and clear, Transport for South East works to grow the South East’s economy by working together for the delivery of a quality, integrated transport system that helps makes the area more productive and competitive and improves the quality of life for all whilst protecting the environment.
Businesses in our area have always highlighted to us that they value certainty over speed and we voiced this to South Western Railway about their proposed new timetable. Overall, we welcomed the proposals recognising the benefits of investing in a growing rail network and see the need for this to be sustained to ensure that the network can cope with the forecast growth in demand for passenger movement, requiring the provision of additional capacity.
Our continued pressure has ensured the voice of business is heard in relation to airport capacity, identifying Heathrow as the favoured location for expansion. All the 'Strategic Transport Asks' contained in our first Strategic Economic Plan have been included and taken forward as identified schemes in the forward programmes of Network Rail and Highways England.
We will continue to champion Enterprise M3 in strategic plans and investment for all modes of traffic and work closely with partners to ensure their investment priorities match our own and ensure the transport infrastructure is there to maximise economic growth. We listen to businesses and partners about what they need for the area to unlock our economic potential and make our voice and influence stronger. Have something to say about strategic transport let us know @enterprisem3