Transport East begins consultation on regional transport plan for the next 30 years

Transport East has chosen six major routes for development to form its regional transport plan over the next 30 years.

Originally, there were 55 routes identified as needing investment in the region which includes Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex.

Now, an eight-week consultation will begin this week to further find insight into the ‘challenges and issues’ in the communities, according to Transport East.

Its plan is focused on four areas: achieving net zero carbon, connecting towns and cities, energising rural and coastal communities and unlocking international gateways.

The BBC reports that the six key transport corridors identified in the plan:

  • Great Yarmouth – Norwich – King’s Lynn – Midlands
  • Suffolk coast and Norwich – Ipswich – Colchester – Chelmsford – London
  • Norfolk and Suffolk – Cambridge – Midlands – South West
  • Harwich and Clacton – Colchester – Braintree – Stansted
  • King’s Lynn – Cambridge – Harlow – London
  • South Essex – London – Thurrock – Basildon – Southend

Its 55 priorities for investment include projects already under way like the Lowestoft Gull Wing bridge and those in development such as the A14 Copdock developments and Great Eastern Main Line upgrades.

Among ambitions for the improvements will be reducing carbon-intensive trips, encouraging the switch from cars to public transport, promoting more sustainable fuels and creating faster and more reliable transport connections.

Other proposals include better connections for coastal towns – including cycling and walking routes, shifting freight transport to rail and short sea trips, 100% electrification of rail routes to and from ports, and better transport to and from airports, said the BBC report.

A full blueprint plan, is set to be published in the Spring,


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