Transport for South Hampshire Local Sustainable Transport Fund Project Get’s Go Ahead
In December 2012 TfSH submitted a Business Case to the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund for £18m of funding of an overall £31m package of interventions.
TfSH was one of just 13 areas nationally to be invited to submit a Business Case in the Large Project Package category.
The proposals can be categorised under three inter-locking themes:
These interventions will target nine corridors into Gosport, Portsmouth, and Southampton. The two cities are the economic centres for South Hampshire, yet access to both is congested – particularly in the peaks. As a peninsula, access to Gosport is constrained, and this needs to be relieved to help regenerate the area and support the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus.
The project is a partnership of Local Authorities, Bus Operators, Businesses and other organisations who are all contributing time, expertise and funding to improve travel in South Hampshire.
The Business Case identified a healthy Benefit Cost Ratio of 8.5 to 1 and that proposals will be successful in supporting economic growth through:
Proposals will also reduce carbon and other emissions from the transport sector, improve health, and improve access for all.
TfSH has calculated that a total of 1,141 jobs to 2019 and 1,529 to 2026 will be created as a direct consequence of LSTF investment.
This follows the recent successes of Hampshire County Council, Isle of Wight Council and Portsmouth and Southampton City Councils in securing government funding for smaller Local Sustainable Transport Fund packages and the Transport for South Hampshire bid to the Better Bus Area Fund. These bids are mutually supportive and demonstrate the success of TfSH as the strategic transport partnership for South Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Transport for South Hampshire has been working hard since December to ensure preparedness for delivery and will now work with it’s partners to deliver this project by the end of March 2015 and support economic growth and carbon reduction in South Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
TfSH has been awarded £4.5m of funding from the Department for Transport's Better Bus Area Fund. This project will see TfSH working with the South Hampshire Bus Operators Association (SHBOA) to deliver a package of measures, which together aim to
We will achieve this through addressing those features of bus travel that act as barriers to attracting new users and by providing facilities that will make bus travel a comparatively better option to the private car.