A regional transport blueprint that supports major schemes in Norfolk is set to receive county council backing.
Norfolk County Council’s cabinet will consider the Transport East strategy, which could pave the way for Government funding for key roads and public transport links.
The strategy says that “with the right investment in the right places”, transport schemes could help the economy of the East of England rise from £73 billion to £119 billion by 2050.
Councillor Martin Wilby, cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport and vice-chair of the Transport East Forum, said: “Backing this strategy gives the Government a strong signal that this region is united on the transport improvements we wish to see, to boost the economy and support our communities.”
Schemes supported by the strategy’s delivery and investment plan include:
- *Key roads, including the Norwich western link, the Long Stratton bypass and the West Winch Housing Access Road
- * Boosting public transport, cycling and walking
- *Supporting rail improvements, including strategic east west connections.
The strategy is aiming to achieve the following, by 2050:
- *Better public transport connections, accessible to everyone
- *Places that make it easy and attractive for people to move around sustainably
- *More reliable business and freight journeys, due to less congestion and fewer incidents
- *Increase accessibility for rural communities to education, training, services and jobs
- *A healthier, more active population – by making it easier to walk and cycle more often
- *Cleaner, greener transport, helping to protect our local environment and the world for future generations
- *Fewer journeys being made, partly due to better online connections bringing services into our homes
It says: “The Transport East region is of huge importance to the UK. It is home to 3.5m people and 1.7m jobs. With a vibrant economy worth £73 billion, it is already one of the fastest growing regions in the UK outside of London.
“It is only one of three regions to be a net contributor to the UK. Our forecasts indicate that with the right investment in the right places, by 2050 our region could be worth £119 billion.
“It is strong in multiple economic sectors including agriculture and food, clean energy, logistics and distribution, digital and ICT. It has 13 ports, including three Freeports and three airports and is a leader in green energy production.”