06 March 2020

Ahead of next week’s Budget, Transport for the South East has penned an open message to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling for increased investment in the South East to help ‘level up’ the UK economy.

Transport for the South East is a unique partnership which brings together civic and business leaders representing more than 7.5m people and 300,000 businesses in the South East. Its aim is to determine what transport investment is needed to boost the region’s economy, create new jobs, improve quality of life and reach net-zero carbon emissions.

 

The South East is the UK’s most productive region after London and by far the country’s biggest international gateway for people and goods. Transport for the South East says increased infrastructure investment would help drive economic growth across the length and breadth of Britain and enable a greater return on the investment already under way in other regions.

 

From cars made in the Midlands to Scotch whisky and Welsh steel, goods worth hundreds of billions are exported each year from the South East’s ports, airports and international rail connections to all four corners of the globe. These busy international gateways also support the movement of millions of people between the UK and the rest of the world.

 

Cllr Keith Glazier, chair of Transport for the South East, said: “The South East contributes more to the national economy than any region outside London and is our country’s main international gateway for people and goods. When the South East prospers, so does the whole UK.

 

“That’s why we need to see increased investment in our transport infrastructure, growing the economy and creating jobs here in the South East and supporting the investment already taking place in other parts of the country.”

 

Read the message in full here.

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