Efficient Transport infrastructure to keep our region moving

“We need a strong democratic regional voice to deliver an accessible, better connected South- East, and to properly hold to account Transport for the South-East and any other new sub-national bodies.”
Cllr Tony Page | South East Councils
Councillor Tony Page
Labour: Reading Borough Council

Transport underpins economic growth, supports employment and facilitates trade

67%

of Councillors see rail infrastructure as a high priority for regional investment as part of Government’s Covid19 economic recovery plans

(Savanta-ComRes survey for SEEC of 275 businesses, 345 members of the public and 345 councillors, September 2020)

42%

of businesses, 40% of
the public and 28% of councillors want better resilience in the regional transport network against incidents, extreme weather and climate change impacts.

(Savanta-ComRes survey for SEEC of 275 businesses, 345 members of the public and 345 councillors, September 2020)

Enabling more efficient east-west journeys and swifter links to/from regional ports of entry will unlock potential and create opportunities.

To ensure our region can keep moving efficiently SEC believes that:

  • Transport for the South East (TfSE) should be designated as a sub-national transport body to enable government to be adequately advised about regional investment priorities.

  • Regional Airports, as gateways to Britain’s island economy and as local employment hubs, must be given practical government support for the medium term to drive forward UK global ambitions and to optimise potential as sub-regional economic clusters.

  • Devolved public transport budgets would help councils maintain local roads, ensure better journeys for local people and enhance regional climate change adaptation activity.

  • A review of regional energy infrastructure should be undertaken to prepare for growth in electric vehicle charging.
“We need a strong democratic regional voice to deliver an accessible, better connected South- East, and to properly hold to account Transport for the South-East and any other new sub-national bodies.”
Cllr Tony Page | South East Councils
Councillor Tony Page
Labour: Reading Borough Council