A report presented to the West of England Joint Transport ExecutiveCommittee today has found that a range of planned transport schemes for the West of England are critical to its future economic growth.
Produced by independent consultants Atkins, ‘Unlocking our Potential: The Economic Benefits of Transport Investment in the West of England’ looks at how the schemes would support economic growth and job creation, impact on Gross ValueAdded (GVA) and the return on the capital investment.
The report also says the transport schemes would effectively unlock almost 19,000 jobs across seven key growth areas. The three rapid transit schemes, alongside the Bath Transportation Package and the Weston Package, are estimated to unlock a £600 million increase in future economic output.
A multi-million pound investment for transport in and around Bristol is expected to win approval later. It includes funding for the city's first new railway station in 15 years at Portway. It comes as efforts to open the line to Portishead also gathers pace.
The Yeovil MP David Laws is calling for major improvements on rail services through the town.
Mr Laws says the current First Great Western service between Bristol and Weymouth is "woefully inadequate." His comments came in a letter to the Department of Transport on behalf of constituents.