The Humber Local Enterprise (LEP) is working to improve infrastructure throughout the Humber region, to allow for sustainable growth and prolonged opportunities for businesses.
Our strategy remains to work with local authorities, Government and with private sector investment in a number of sectors.
Transport and connectivity within the Humber and throughout the UK must be functional and capable of facilitating our growth plans, and our work with various national bodies is set to continue.
Words by Kishor Tailor, Chief Executive of Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP):
I am pleased to see that Transport for the North has commenced a thirteen-week consultation on its draft Strategic Transport Plan for the North, inviting people’s views at events in Hull, Grimsby and Scunthorpe.
Senior Transport for the North representatives will be visiting our region as part of a dedicated session to outline the plan’s recommendations, advise on what this could mean for the Humber, North and North East Lincolnshire, and invite questions and feedback that people may have.
The drop-in consultation is open to everyone and is an opportunity for members of the public and businesses to formally submit their feedback on the plan which will be analysed and fed into the final Strategic Transport Plan before its anticipated release later in the year.
The first event was held last week in Hull, in the Canham Turner Building at the University of Hull on 8th March. I am sure that the first event in this series proved constructive, with feedback adding to the data already collected for the Strategic Transport Plan.
The next event will be in Grimsby at the Fishing Heritage Centre on Alexandra Dock on Monday 12th March and the Scunthorpe event at 20 to 21 Visual Arts Centre in Church Square, on Tuesday 13th March.
This is an excellent opportunity for residents and businesses in the Humber and commuters to have their say on how transport connectivity impacts on their lives and how the draft Strategic Transport Plan could potentially transform the northern economy, and benefit the Humber.
There are numerous areas throughout the Humber that are seen as congestion hotspots. These congestion issues must be addressed to improve the connectivity within our region, and for connectivity to the rest of the North, and to remain an integrated part of industry and infrastructure plans.
Integration across the North of England is imperative, when forming and maintaining good relationships with the likes of the Northern Powerhouse. Investments such as Siemens’ plans at Goole are certainly steps forward to achieving improved integration.
So far across our Enterprise Zones we have seen 56 new businesses establish, with more than £830million of private sector investment secured. To date, 1,580 jobs have been provided in the Humber region across all Enterprise Zones.
We have one of the largest Enterprise Zones in the country, comprising a package of 30 sites to suit the needs of a wide range of businesses, giving our region a distinct advantage in terms of what we can offer investors.
Our Enterprise Zone at Junction 36, Goole is ideally placed to facilitate Siemens plans and new factory, and the announcement provides evidence of confidence in the Humber as a place to invest.
This is another exciting development for our region, and it will have a positive impact on jobs and opportunities for local businesses. We could see additional jobs for the Humber region, in skilled engineering and manufacturing roles and again have a helping hand in strengthening the UK supply chain.
Having the infrastructure and the transport links to be able to support such plans and investment is imperative. We cannot sustain growth without proper links to the rest of the country, which is why working with Transport for the North in facilitating these upcoming consultations is beneficial for all in the Humber region.
A large amount of work has gone into the production of Transport for the North’s draft Strategic Transport Plan, including collaboration between the public and private sector across the whole of the North, and our transport infrastructure in the Humber and beyond needs to be fit-for-purpose.
Transforming the way we connect with other cities across the north through strategic planning, investment and technology will secure the long-term future of both our local and regional economy, optimising our role as a leading northern city.