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Ambitious new transport strategy unveiled for the South East

Launch event for Transport for the South East's new strategy in Farnborough. Photo credited to Matt Hutchinson.

New transport infrastructure proposals could double the South East's economy and help achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Produced by Transport for the South East (TfSE), the improvements could also support 500,000 new jobs.

George Freeman MP - The Minister of State for Transport - attended the event in Farnborough, North Hampshire yesterday. He told us it is vital that local and national government work together to implement the plans:

"Putting out a regional strategy for integrated transport is exactly what we need to see, because it's the people in communities like this that can see ways to reduce unnecessary journeys.

"It can't just be done centrally, it needs a partnership."

Photo credited to Matt Hutchinson

As things stand, 70% of journeys in the region are currently taken by car - with numerous Councils across the South East declaring a climate emergency over the last year.

TfSE says the region's expected growth of traffic is unsustainable.

The bold strategy will look to address this - aligned with the fact that trains account for just 4% of travel in the South East - by improving public transport services.

Photo credited to Matt Hutchinson

The Minster for Transport - George Freeman - went onto say that young people will drive the change:

"The new generation of drivers are going to want to be driving low-emission vehicles, many of them aren't going to want to own (cars) in the same way.

"So we're going to see much more mobility as a service and that is going to dramatically accelerate the through-put of newer, green technology."

Public consultation on the thirty-year framework will take place over the next fortnight.

Councillor Keith Glazier - Transport for the South East’s Chairman and leader of East Sussex County Council - agreed that public travel needs significant investment:

"I think it genuinely is about putting on the alternative services that people can rely on.

"Young people (say) that the bus services and the train services currently running are not good enough, they are unreliable, they're too costly."

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