30 year Transport Strategy
Published: 19 December 2019
Residents urged to have say on ‘transformational’ 30
year transport strategy
People and businesses in West Berkshire
are being urged to have their say on a proposed thirty-year transport strategy
for the South East which aims to improve journeys, boost the economy and
protect the environment.
The strategy outlines how, with the right
investment in our region’s transport network, the South East's economy will
more than double by 2050 to between £450bn and £500bn per year –
creating an additional 500,000 jobs, boosting quality of life and
access to opportunities for all and helping cut the South East’s carbon emissions
It has been produced by Transport for the
South East, a unique partnership bringing together local authorities, business
leaders and transport organisations to speak with one voice on our region’s
A major focus of the strategy is reducing
the region’s reliance on private cars to reduce congestion, cut carbon
emissions and improve air quality. Today, cars account for 70% of all journeys
in the South East compared to just 4% by rail and 5% by bus. It also highlights
how better transport links can support economic growth around our key
international gateways, such as Port of Southampton, which are vital to the
local, regional and national economy.
To do this, the strategy sets out a
thirty-year framework to guide decisions about where, when and how money is
invested in the South East’s transport network, along with a range of schemes
and initiatives to make sustainable travel easier and more attractive to people
and businesses. These could include better and faster rail journeys, improved
links to ports and airports, a real-terms freeze on rail fares, cheaper
off-peak fares and extra funding to protect and enhance vital bus services.
Richard Somner, West Berkshire’s Executive
Member for Highways and Transport said: I’m pleased that this strategy has been
created with sustainability at its heart. By putting both people and the planet
to the fore and prioritising public transport, we can vastly increase the
chances of reducing congestion, cutting emissions and boosting our air quality.
I urge everyone to take a look and have their say on this forward thinking
Charles Eales, Co-Chairman of the
Berkshire Strategic Transport Forum added, “This draft strategy advocates a
vision for the South East’s transport system that creates great places – a
sustainable, inclusive and accessible transport system which promotes
prosperity, health and fairness for residents and commuters. This links closely
to the themes outlined in our emerging Local Industrial Strategy and our
current call for infrastructure
The draft transport strategy identifies
priorities for future investment by looking at the challenges people and
businesses will face in moving around the region and the opportunities these
present to support sustainable economic growth.
These include a range specific schemes as
well as wider policies and initiatives. For example, the strategy argues for
greater use of new and emerging technology such as connected autonomous
vehicles (CAVs) to boost connectivity. It makes the case for policy changes to
enable more joined up planning, particularly between transport and housing, to
help reduce the need to travel and build more sustainable communities. And the
strategy also recognises that tough decisions will need to be made about how,
not if, we manage demand on the busiest parts of our transport networks.
The final transport strategy is due for
publication in April 2020, with a strategic investment plan planned for
publication in 2021. This will provide a prioritised, costed and deliverable
list of schemes, initiatives and policies to start turning the South East’s
vision into reality.
Have your say
To read the draft transport
strategy and take part in the consultation, go to tfse.org.uk/transport-strategy. The
deadline for responses is Friday, 10 January 2020.