A funding boost of £2 million will help to improve transport services in the South East of England.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced the funding so that organisations responsible for transport in the region can develop and deliver strategies that result in better journeys for passengers and goods.
It is part of the government’s commitment to giving specific regions greater influence on investment decisions for transport in their areas.
Already, Transport for the North (TfN) has been set up and has been encouraged by the government to press forward with using its “unprecedented” powers to make sure infrastructure projects are developed.
To that end, the government has awarded funding to Transport for the South East and England’s Economic Heartland – two sub-national transport bodies – so they can develop innovative transport plans that are fit for the future.
The likes of Kent, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and other counties in the region will be able to influence the government’s investment decisions and critically, will close the gap between national and local transport bodies.
Chris Grayling explained why the government is giving greater powers to specific regions throughout the country.
He said: “This government is committed to empowering regions across the UK by giving them a stronger influence over the future of transport in their area.
“This will help us build the modern and effective links our country needs, improving journey times, boosting housing development and economic growth, and getting people and goods where they need to be faster, safely and more comfortably.
“Investing in England’s Economic Heartland and Transport for the South East means that those best placed to make decisions have our support to put forward ambitious proposals for the future.
“We will continue to work closely with these organisations as they develop transport strategies to help their regions seize their potential.”
Both of the sub-national transport bodies want to follow in the footsteps of TfN and both become a statutory body.