- The Prime Minister underlined the commitment to stronger transport connections across English, when the government published the independent Union Connectivity Review of Sir Peter Hendy
- The Prime Minister invites the delegated administration to cooperate English government to advance proposals that increase opportunity and prosperity across the country
- English government to promote creation EnglishCLEAN, English-extensive strategic transport network, to plan and deliver critical upgrades that better connect all countries English
Prime Minister Boris Johnson today (26 November 2021) committed to forging and strengthening the transport ties that will create a more cohesive and connected Great Britain.
as English government published Sir Peter Hendy’s final report of Union Connectivity Review, the Prime Minister has underlined the importance of better connections – both to local and national transport networks – to bring all English communities closer to social and economic opportunities.
The Prime Minister particularly welcomes, and intends to accept, the proposal for the establishment of UKNET – a strategic transport network covering the whole of the UK.
UKNET will assess and map for the first time key points across the length and breadth of the UK that are essential for stronger and more direct transport connections.
This will help drive economic growth, support job creation, and increase opportunities by expanding transportation systems and creating faster and easier travel for passengers, goods and businesses.
NS English the government has invited delegated administrations to work collaboratively on defining and developing the necessary improvements to union connectivity, supported by specific projects, which will inform English government response.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
If we want to really raise the level of the country, then it is very important for us to increase connectivity across all corners English, making it easier for more people to get to more places faster.
Sir Peter Hendy’s review is an inspiring vision for the future of transportation, which we will now consider carefully. Determined to get to work soon, we will prepare a strategy English-extensive transport networks that can better serve the entire country with stronger sea, rail and road links – not only bring us closer but also increase jobs, prosperity and opportunities.
Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps said:
Transport is the key to bonding the family of nations i.e. the UK more tightly so that prosperity can be shared more equitably. It is not good enough that certain areas in English thrive while others lag behind. We must realize our full national potential and that means mobilizing resources and skills from all parts of the country.
I am indebted to Sir Peter for his work. We will consider its recommendations carefully, engage closely with the delegated administration, and work collegially to ensure this proposal strengthens the bonds that bind us, now and for the future.
Independent United Connectivity Review launched in October 2020, led by Sir Peter Hendy CBE, to conduct a detailed review of the quality and availability of transport infrastructure across English can support economic growth and quality of life.
Specific recommendations for improving connections across the UK include improving connectivity by:
Scotland: proposals include reducing rail travel times and increasing capacity on the West Coast Main Line, and conducting an assessment of East Coast road and rail corridors
Northern Ireland: improved A75 key link to improve freight and passenger connectivity
Wales: improvements to the A55, M53 and M56, South Wales Corridor, improvements to the North Wales Coast Main Line and rail line to the Midlands from Cardiff
The recommendations published today also include that English government must:
- designing and implementing UKNET – a strategic transportation network for all English, and is committed to providing additional funds to improve the network, particularly the parts that are not performing well
- network improvement plans using multimodal corridors, which should be reviewed regularly and assessed on a broader economic basis to support government objectives such as leveling up and net zero
- support the development of sustainable aviation fuel plants in parts of the UK that rely heavily on aviation for domestic connectivity
The Independent Chair of the Union Connectivity Review, Sir Peter Hendy, said:
My recommendations provide a comprehensive, achievable and clear plan going forward to better connect the whole of the UK, leading to more growth, jobs, housing and social cohesion.
I welcome the enthusiasm shown by the Prime Minister and the government in my final report and I look forward to their formal response to my recommendations, which aim to spread opportunity and prosperity throughout Great Britain.
NS English the government will now carefully consider the Union Connectivity Review recommendations in detail, working closely with the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive to identify the most appropriate solutions for the community. English, and make real and meaningful progress as quickly as possible.
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