Cllr Humby said: “The County Council has a strong track record in securing external funding for transport schemes, as evidenced by our capital programme for 2017/18 – 2019/20, which has a total value of £100million for new roads and improvements.
“Hampshire’s transport infrastructure is under constant pressure, and with national plans to increase housing and our own ambition to increase economic growth and prosperity while maintaining quality of life, it will only come under more pressure. With our expertise and collaborative approach to partnership working, I am confident we can remain flexible and agile to successfully meet new funding bids, and bring about much needed benefits for residents.”
The County Council is well positioned to secure external funding to help deliver the necessary transport infrastructure to address current and future growth pressures and improve access to employment and services, as well to strengthen the county’s wider connectivity. The Authority is part of the newly formed Transport Body for the South East (TfSE), a collaboration of local transport authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships, working together to maximise opportunities and leverage for national transport funding for the whole of the South East. It is already considering a new or improved link between the M3 and the M4, as well as improvements to the M27/A27 south coast corridor, and the Solent Metro. TfSE is also pressing the Government for a number of studies/investigations to be carried out, including the feasibility of upgrading the A34 to motorway standard from Winchester to the Midlands.