Easing congestion hotspots a must for better connectivity
its anticipated release later in the year.
The first event was held last week in Hull, in the Canham Turner Building at the University of Hull.
I am sure that the first event in this series proved constructive, with feedback adding to the data already collected for the Strategic Transport Plan.
The next event was held yesterday in Grimsby at the Fishing Heritage Centre on Alexandra Dock and the Scunthorpe event at 20 to 21 Visual Arts Centre in Church Square, today.
This is an excellent opportunity for residents and businesses in the Humber and commuters to have their say on how transport connectivity impacts on their lives and how the draft Strategic Transport Plan could potentially transform the northern economy, and benefit the Humber.
There are numerous areas throughout the Humber that are seen as congestion hotspots. These congestion issues must be addressed to improve the connectivity within our region, and for connectivity to the rest of the North, and to remain an integrated part of industry and infrastructure plans.
Integration across the North of England is imperative, when forming and maintaining good relationships with the likes of the Northern Powerhouse.
Investments such as Siemens’ plans at Goole are certainly steps forward to achieving improved integration.
So far across our Enterprise Zones we have seen 56 new businesses establish, with more than £830m of private sector investment secured. To date, 1,580 jobs have been provided in the Humber region across all Enterprise Zones.
We have one of the largest Enterprise Zones in the country, comprising a package of 30 sites to suit the needs of a wide range of businesses, giving our region a distinct advantage in terms of what we can offer investors.
Our Enterprise Zone at Junction 36, Goole is ideally placed to facilitate Siemens plans and new factory, and the announcement provides evidence of confidence in the Humber as a place to invest.
This is another exciting development for our region, and it will have a positive impact on jobs and opportunities for local businesses.
We could see additional jobs for the Humber region, in skilled engineering and manufacturing roles and again have a helping hand in strengthening the UK supply chain.
Having the infrastructure and the transport links to be able to support such plans and investment is imperative.
We cannot sustain growth without proper links to the rest of the country, which is why working with Transport for the North in facilitating these upcoming consultations is beneficial for all in the region.
A large amount of work has gone into the production of Transport for the North’s draft Strategic Transport Plan, including collaboration between the public and private sector across the whole of the North, and our transport infrastructure in the Humber and beyond needs to be fit-for-purpose.
Transforming the way we connect with other cities across the North through strategic planning, investment and technology will secure the longterm future of our local and regional economy, optimising our role as a leading northern city.
As the lead agency for the Humber economic strategy we collaborate with local businesses small, medium and large, local authorities, education and training providers and central government.
Our economic plan and investment plan is backed by business, local authorities, education and central government as well as being supported by securing funding and devolution of powers through the Hull and Humber City Deal and our Growth Deal.
THE RIGHT ROAD: Integration across the North of England is imperative, when forming and maintaining good relationships with the likes of the Northern Powerhouse.
We cannot sustain growth without proper links to the rest of the country.