Department for Transport: East of England

Department for Transport written question – answered on 22nd September 2022.

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Photo of Peter Aldous Peter Aldous Conservative, Waveney

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the effect on her policies of trends in the level of population growth in the East of England; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Minister of State (Department for Transport)

According to the most recent Census estimates, population in the East of England stood at 6.3 million in 2021. This represents growth of 8.3% since 2011 - the highest in England and Wales. The Department recognises both the challenges and opportunities this poses to transport in the region.

We have already invested billions in upgrading the region’s existing transport infrastructure, from £1.4 billion on new trains across the East Anglia franchise, to £3 billion on road schemes, including £1.5bn to upgrade 21 miles of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon, and £73.3m for the Lake Lothing Third Crossing ("Gull Wing") in Lowestoft which is currently under construction and due to complete by the end of 2023

We continue to build on this track record, with £95m awarded to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and £39m for Norwich from the Transforming Cities Fund, investing in schemes which aim to transform and improve connectivity within these cities respective transport systems. Five projects in the region have also benefitted from £87m of investment from round one of the Levelling Up Fund.

In addition, both Norfolk and Suffolk have been invited to enter discussions regarding devolution deals.

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