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The West of England Transport Summit & Debate
The West of England is a fast-growing economy worth some £31bn and one of the country’s most productive with GVA per capita higher than the national average.
However, heightening congestion on our roads poses one of the biggest threats to the fortunes of the region’s businesses and economy. Future job creation and housebuilding to accommodate the growth needs of the regional economy, together with an increased number of commuters from Wales following the Severn Bridge toll charges coming to an end, will put greater strain on an already under pressure transport infrastructure in the West of England, with implications for employees and their employers.
The West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership business plan 2018-19 highlights joined up and reliable transport as a key priority for the region to:
- reduce congestion
- support new homes development as set out in the Joint Spatial plan
- provide access to jobs by linking homes with existing and new employment areas.
The Plan coincides with a real momentum in public transport developments which are geared to supporting employers in the West of England by making the daily commute much easier for their workforces. The £230m metrobus rapid transit service is a good example of what can be achieved with considerable investment and in just six months is well on its way to carrying half a million passengers with significant evidence of employees leaving their cars behind to use the service. And there’s also an £80m Department for Transport fund to spend on public transport by 2022 to support the cities in the region.
There is a now a real need to act quickly and seize the opportunity to capitalize on this momentum and build on these developments at pace to support the aspirations of businesses in the region and the West of England economy.
Join with other members of the regional business community and help shape a public transport blueprint that can deliver for employers in the next three years.
Book your free place today. An agenda for the event will be circulated via email closer to the event.