Southampton set for more than 20,000 jobs
Friday December 20th, 2019
Plans to transform transport across Hampshire and Southampton in a move that would create more than 20,000 jobs have been unveiled.
With major motorways and national routes running through Hampshire and important rail freight links between the Midlands and the Port of Southampton – the gateway to international markets – the right investment in road and rail infrastructure is essential. Securing improvements to these networks, which are already close to capacity, is essential for the future prosperity not only of Hampshire and the South East, but also the whole country.
Better public access to the Port of Southampton, transport hubs that would include park and ride, better connectivity to Gatwick Airport from Hampshire, trams and more buses in rural areas are also among the actions that could be taken over the next 30 years.
New hubs where residents would be able to grab a coffee, rent an electric vehicle and collect their shopping could also be created across Southampton as part of the scheme. The plans have also revealed that the strategy aims to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.
According to the plans, the strategy aims to support sustainable travel across the South East and focus on rail, bus, walking and cycling. The final transport strategy is to be published in April 2020, with a strategic investment plan expected to be published in 2021.