Geoffrey welcomes EU funding to boost local transport infrastructure
Geoffrey has welcomed the recent announcement that two schemes to improve transport infrastructure in the East of England have secured EU funds from the Trans-European Transport Network Programme (TEN-T) programme.
The TEN-T fund is designed to contribute to improvement works for key transport networks throughout Europe. Only four applications from throughout the UK were successful in this 2010 call.
Felixstowe Port has secured a £4.2 million (€5 million) contribution to their project, estimated to cost nearly £34 million, to upgrade the North Rail Terminal. This will facilitate the transit of more freight by rail, and is likely to remove up to 500,000 lorries from the roads each year. The grant will also go towards improvements in intermodal transfers and the removal of bottle necks on the line.
In addition to the success in Felixstowe, the East of England will also benefit from a £4.15 million (€4.9 million) EU contribution to re-signalling works to be carried out on the Nuneaton North Chord and Kennett railway line - a project estimated to cost a total of around £33 million. The improvements to this line will make an important contribution to freeing up freight capacity, again helping to alleviate road congestion.
Mr Van Orden commented: “I am delighted that so-called "EU funds" are to be used for local transport infrastructure. EU funding is in reality nothing more than British tax-payers money recycled through Brussels, and for this reason I am committed to ensuring that our region is successful in securing its fair share of available funds"
" Not only will both projects allow more freight to be transported by rail, so helping to alleviate congestion on our roads, but enhanced transport links will also attract more business to the region, boosting the local economy.”