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28.08.19

Tees Valley Combined Authority £257m transport plan unveiled

A transport plan outlining priorities and proposals for the future of all forms of transport in the Tees Valley has been launched by the Combined Authority.

The Strategic Transport Plan draft was launched by councillor Heather Scott OBE, the cabinet lead for transport within the Tees Valley Combined Authority, and includes a £257m funding commitment.

The plan covers all forms of transport, from roads, rail and air to buses and sustainable travel such as walking and cycling routes. It looks at major themes of national rail, major roads, connecting centres, unlocking key sites, and local journeys while delivering social equity and protecting and enhancing the environment.

As well as detailing upgrades to the transport network to allow people to get around quicker and smoother than ever before, the plan also considers the freight needs of businesses.

Speaking about the draft document’s launch, Cllr Scott said: “This Strategic Transport Plan touches on every mode of travel and aspect of how we get around in Tees Valley. It will help us deliver the high-quality, efficient, reliable and well-connected network that both our people and businesses need.

READ MORE: Tees Valley Mayor + Combined Authority control £29.5m budget

“Good transport links will boost everything that the Combined Authority is doing across business and investment, culture and tourism and education, employment and skills. We know getting people where they want to be, when they want to be there, to access the opportunities we are creating is of vital importance.

“That’s why we have committed £257million to developing a transport network we can be proud of, as outlined in this plan.

“We need to make sure that our proposals work for everyone in the region, from town centres to rural villages, for decades to come.”

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