Transport: Essex

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 19 April 2018.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to invest in strategic transport infrastructure in Essex.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Transport), Minister of State (London)

The Government understands the importance of strategic transport infrastructure in Essex, and is investing in the county. Highways England are progressing improvements to the A12 and Government has helped fund the development of plans for the A120 brought forward by Essex County Council.

On the railways, the Greater Anglia franchise are investing to replace the whole fleet with new trains by 2020 and for c2c Essex Thameside will introduce an additional 60 vehicles due to be commissioned in 2021. The new fleet will provide more seats and Wi-Fi on board.

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