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Council Driving Major Transport Schemes

South Tyneside Council is continuing to secure investment and deliver major transport schemes across the Borough.

Members will be given an update on recent announcements about strategic transport as well as successful funding bids at a meeting of full council next week.

They will be told about the recently-launched Transport for the North's (TfN) draft Strategic Transport Plan, which sets out a vision of a thriving North of England where transport connections drive economic growth and support an excellent quality of life.

TfN is a partnership of 19 authorities, business leaders, government departments and agencies including Highways England and Network Rail.

Councillor Allan West, Lead Member for Housing and Transport, said: "Improving strategic transport links is a key part of our vision. It's vital that we have the right infrastructure in place to be able to support sustainable growth.

"TfN is currently consulting on its draft strategy and some of the Borough's key economic assets, including the A19, Port of Tyne and the International Advanced Manufacturing Park, are prominent within it.

"It will be very important for the council to influence this going forward as TfN will have significant traction with central government."

Members will also be updated on funding secured for projects via Central Government, the Local Growth Fund (LGF) and the National Productivity Investment Fund, totalling more than £150 million investment in the Borough's strategic road network.

Cllr West added: "These highway and junction improvements are designed to improve the capacity for economic growth across South Tyneside.

"They will play an important part in creating up to 10,000 new jobs over the next 10-15 years as projects such as IAMP, Holborn, South Shields 365 and Monkton South come to fruition."

The strategic transport investment report will be presented at a meeting of full council on Thursday January 18.

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