Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “This is great news for South Hampshire, and I really am delighted that the Government has recognised the strength of the proposals we’ve developed in partnership with Portsmouth City Council to improve how people travel to work in and around South East Hampshire.
“I’m also pleased to hear that Southampton City Council’s bid has also been successful and we look forward to working with them on measures to improve access in and out of Southampton. I am also hopeful that our bid to the Department for Transport for funding to repair the Redbridge Causeway will also shortly be approved to complement the successful Southampton bid.”
Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council joined forces to put in a bid to the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund.
Councillor Humby continued: “Good transport infrastructure is vital to the economic prosperity of any area, and capital investment which will improve transport for all those who commute every day into Portsmouth will have a huge and positive impact on quality of life and productivity. The news today sends out a message that South Hampshire is a great place to live and work, and there is commitment and investment to make this even better.”
The Portsmouth and the South East Hampshire City Region bid centres on a mass transit network linking Portsmouth to Fareham, Havant and Waterlooville. It will build on the success of the existing Eclipse bus rapid transit route the County Council completed in 2012, and the Star route. This bid is part of an ambition to deliver sustainable communities, spread prosperity and increase productivity by improving connectivity between where people live and work through the delivery of a transformational mass transit network.
Southampton City Council has been successful in its bid for transport improvements in the Southampton City Region. The package of measures in and around Southampton including cycle facilities, bus priority/interchange, public realm and park & ride.The full expression of interest is available to read here: https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/Ext/Travel/Transforming-Cities-Fund