The bid focuses on boosting economic growth and productivity through improvements to transport infrastructure
Southampton has made a shortlist of ten cities that are in the running to receive a share of the £840m Transforming Cities Fund from the Department for Transport.
The announcement comes after a successful bid from Southampton City Council, with Hampshire County Council, to work with central government on developing the city’s transformative aspirations for transport.
£60m will be available to bid for in the short term over the next year to fast-track existing transport projects and upgrades.
The Council will receive £50,000 to work on developing the business case over the next few months to secure a share of the £840m fund.
The Southampton bid focuses on three key corridors into the city from the surrounding area:
Western - A33 Waterside and Totton to Southampton, 58,000 vehicles/day & 12 buses/hr
Northern - A33-A335 Eastleigh and Chandlers Ford to Southampton; 66,000 vehicles/day & 24 buses/hr
Eastern - A334-A3024 Hedge End to Southampton; 33,000 vehicles/day & 25 buses/hr
If successful the funding will be used to help support productivity and growth in the local economy by connecting Southampton with its suburbs and the surrounding towns and villages, reducing congestion and improving air quality.
This would include transforming public transport connections and interchange between various modes, in continuing to deliver the Southampton Cycle Network, making the city centre a better place to live, and using smart infrastructure to make people’s journeys to work more reliable.
Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Transport & Public Realm, said:
“It’s fantastic news that Southampton has been shortlisted for the Transforming Cities Fund. It’s testament to the hard work our transport team have put in to making the case for Southampton on the national stage. We're already investing in better transport to secure a successful and sustainable future for Southampton and this should enable us to go even further.”
Southampton City Council is currently consulting on its new long term strategy for transport in the city ‘Connected Southampton 2040’. The draft plan includes big ideas to transform public transport, invest in cycling infrastructure, embrace new technologies and work towards a zero emission city. The consultation will close on 16 October 2018.
To find out more about the long term plan and to have your say visit the Southampton City Council website.