£30 million pounds of European funding has been allocated to develop three vital transport infrastructure projects across the East of England, it was reported today (23 October) by the East of England Regional Assembly (EERA) and the East of England Development Agency (EEDA).
The three approved projects, which are the only projects in the UK to receive support from this round of European grants, are:
The rail line between Felixstowe and Nuneaton. Improvements to this significant European transport route will allow more freight to be shifted from the port by rail, reducing congestion on the A14. £8.3 million.
The Thames Estuary dredge and reclamation works to support the integrated multi-modal London Gateway port and logistics development. £12.7 million.
A traffic management scheme to reduce congestion and accidents on the A14. £10 million.
Cllr Derrick Ashley, Chairman of the Regional Planning Panel, said “This is great news for the East of England. As transport plays such a central role in the economy, improving the infrastructure can act as a catalyst for increased economic activity.
“These projects will boost economic competitiveness and growth by delivering a reliable and efficient rail route; they will reduce carbon emissions and improve safety, security and health by making the roads and transport networks safer.
“The Assembly has worked with partners across the region and our MEPs to realise the improvements to the Felixstowe-Nuneaton project so I am particularly pleased that it has paid off. The East of England’s Brussels Office provided both detailed technical information and crucial intelligence to those working on the bid and provided advice on the application and the lobbying.”
Steve Cox, Executive Director of Spatial Economy at EEDA, said: “This is excellent news for businesses in the East of England. These awards rightly reflect the national and international importance of the region’s transport network and the huge economic significance of our existing and planned port infrastructure. EEDA has worked with the business community, government and local partners to build the evidence base and make the case for this investment.”
EERA and EEDA have driven the process throughout with significant lobbying of Network Rail, the Department of Transport, the European Commission and through the organisation of a number of technical meetings and high level political summits which ensured the timely submission of the bids.
Delivery of 328 training courses to develop thousands of local authority employees and councillors in the region
For more information on EERA, see the website at www.eera.gov.uk