Transport for the South East (TfSE) has appointed WSP and Steer to develop a new transport strategy for the region in a bid to increase economic growth and productivity in the region.
Over the next 18 months, WSP will work jointly with Steer to develop a strategy that will look at transport in the south east up to 2050.
The first stages of the 2050 strategy are already complete, including the Economic Connectivity Review - a report into transport connections to national and international markets, looking at which transport corridors would benefit most from investment.
The next step for the WSP Steer JV will be to determine which plans or project should be prioritised for transport investmet .
The TfSE area is the largest contributor to the UK economy outside of London and includes international airports, major ports and some of the busiest rail routes and roads in the country - as well as being home to 7.5M people, and 4M workers in 300,000 companies.
The new TfSE strategy for 2050 will also need to consider the environmental and ecological impacts of expanding transport capacity and infrastructure, as the region includes the environmentally sensitive North and South Downs.
WSP director Adrian Hames said that new technologies needed to be folded into the strategy.
“With significant changes in mobility, it is important to think with a ‘future ready’ mindset and be agile in dealing with new technologies and other mega trends that impact on transport”, he said.
“That is why we will be using WSP’s future scenario toolkit that will inform the modelling work needed to develop the transport strategy.”
The 2050 strategy will also bring together 16 local transport authorities and five Local Enterprise Partnerships as part of the consultation.
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