Portsmouth shortlisted for ₤ 840m fund to overhaul transport, prime minister exposes

PORTSMOUTH is among 2 areas in Hampshire shortlisted to bid for a share of an ₤ 840m fund to upgrade vital transport links, prime minister Theresa May has announced.The location has been named as one of 10 city regions shortlisted nationwide to bid for a piece of the money, with Southampton also in the running.

Theresa May has announced the fund. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA

Theresa May has revealed the fund. Image: Jonathan Brady/PA And the area could acquire an addition ₤ 60m boast this year to kick-start transportation upgrades already in the

pipeline.Portsmouth should now put its case forward for the windfall, which could money schemes to improve cycle paths or upgrade connections between ports and the city centres. Cash might also be to money measures wanting to enhance air quality.The local authorities will each get ₤ 50,000 in federal government funding and bespoke assistance to establish their propositions and make their strongest cases for investment.The federal government says it is already buying

transportation across the south east, from ₤ 350m to improve the South Coast A27 Corridor, including a brand-new bypass of Arundel, and a ₤ 186m upgrade of the M3 to start in 2019. Prime minister Theresa May said:’ The south east is home to 8.9 million people, with almost 195,000 more little organisations since 2010– all helping to develop a Britain that is suitabled for the future.’As part of our modern commercial strategy, improvements to vital infrastructure will assist spread growth beyond London and empower regional businesses to produce more, better-paying jobs.’It is great news that the Portsmouth and south east Hampshire city area and Southampton have actually been shortlisted for the Changing Cities Fund.’The ₤ 840m fund will support upgrades for better, more secure, quicker transport links, opening more chances to assist individuals get on in life and be rewarded for their tough work.’Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of Portsmouth City board, welcomed the news and said’any money is helpful’. He included:’ If I stated one thing that would help the whole of

the Solent location it would be to improve the journey times in between Southampton and Portsmouth.’It’s so slow. If we can have a quick, reputable and

efficient train service between the 2 cities, that I think might substantially decrease the number of people who passed cars and truck.’The London to Portsmouth line is very dotty and very sluggish. We’re attaining the exact same journey times as in the Victorian period.’Transport secretary Chris Grayling checked out Portsmouth previously this year and said the city had currently made a’strong start ‘to its bid.He added the quote by the city region would include measures to improve connections into Portsmouth from Fareham, Waterlooville and Havant in addition to’potentially increasing links’between Fareham and Gosport.In a declaration to The News, Mr Grayling stated: ‘We will be dealing with Portsmouth and South East Hampshire in addition to all shortlisted cities, to assist them to seize this opportunity to possibly turn their ambitions into reality.’For when cities and areas like this one enhance their transport systems– the advantages extend far outdoors of the area. ‘That’s since our cities turbocharge this country’s financial development-producing jobs, development, development and success for the nation as a whole.’The shortlist is the next stage of the ₤ 1.7 bn Changing Cities Fund to support cities improve transportation connections, making it simpler, more secure and quicker for individuals to take a trip and get to work.Over the next 4 years, the brand-new allotment of funding from the Changing Cities Fund will be utilized to improve links between city centres and suburbs in additional city areas

throughout England, increasing access to jobs and helping ensure that organisations have the facilities they need to thrive.The fund has actually already delivered significant improvements for people across England including the Brierley Hill cable car lines

in the West Midlands and the Beeline Cycle Network in Greater Manchester-set to be the biggest network of its kind in the UK.