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£14bn South East infrastructure gap warning

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Councils in the South East of England have warned of a £14bn infrastructure funding gap.

In its response to the National Infrastructure Assessment consultation, South East England Councils (SEEC), said newly-commissioned research from Local Government Futures provisionally estimates the massive infrastructure funding gap over the next 15 years.

It argues investment in the South East’s infrastructure will improve links to the rest of the UK and therefore have a benefit that transcends the South East.

In particular, it highlights five key strategic transport schemes that are not currently national priorities, but are also outside the scope of local budgets. These schemes were discussed in detail in the SEEC’s Missing Links report published earlier this year.

These are:

  • A34/M3 and rail links to Southampton-Portsmouth from Oxford, West Midlands and beyond.
  • A2/M2 links to the Channel Tunnel & Dover from London, the East, the Midlands and beyond.
  • A27/M27/A259 from Dover to Southampton Portsmouth, through developing coastal economies.
  • Oxford to Cambridge, including improved A34/M40 link.
  • North Downs Rail from Oxford, through Reading and Gatwick Airport to Ashford in Kent.

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