South East Hampshire Rapid Transit aims to transform the way people travel between Portsmouth and surrounding towns. By enhancing existing public transport services through new and improved bus priority routes, South East Hampshire Rapid Transit will make travelling by bus a more attractive option.
In September 2020, the Portsmouth city region received just under £56 million from the government’s Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) to improve connectivity and increase productivity via better walking, cycling and public transport links. Part of this investment will be used to deliver the next phase of South East Hampshire Rapid Transit.
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Rapid transit infrastructure and technology will improve journey time and reliability.
Rapid transit services will connect with other public transport networks.
The network will eventually serve 14 large development sites.
Combining the capacity of a tram system with the flexibility, and low cost of a bus system.
In September 2018, Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council were one of 12 city regions shortlisted to bid for a share of the Department for Transport’s £1.28 billion Transforming Cities Fund for public transport improvements across South East Hampshire. The Portsmouth city region was successfully awarded £55.6m from the Fund in September 2020.
Objectives of the Transforming Cities fund
The Transforming Cities Fund will enable the next phase of the South East Hampshire Rapid Transit network, between 2020 and 2023.
The Department for Transport released two waves of funding for the Transforming Cities Fund. First, shortlisted cities could bid for ‘quick wins’ – projects that can begin in the financial year 2018/19 and support the overall bid. The Portsmouth and South East Hampshire bid was successful and received the full ask of £4 million of the initial fund.
From this ‘Tranche 1’ funding £2.6m will be spent on improving three main junctions in Portsmouth and Real Time Information installation at bus stops across Portsmouth, Havant and Waterlooville. A further £1.4m will be used to support the extension of the existing Eclipse bus route in Gosport.
The Portsmouth city region Strategic Outline Business Case, for ‘Tranche 2’ funding was submitted to the DfT in November 2019. The joint bid was awarded £55.6 million towards the total scheme package of £101.7 million, with match funding provided by each of the bidding authorities and their partners First Bus, Stagecoach, and the borough councils.
Funding will support 23 schemes across the city region which include improvements for walking and cycling, and is an important next step for the three authorities towards developing a rapid transit network for the area.
In 2002 Pam joined Cambridgeshire County Council as a graduate trainee, and undertook a MSc in Transport from Imperial College. From there, she held a number of positions at Transport for London before joining Portsmouth City Council in 2009.
“Inclusive and accessible connectivity is vital to all aspects of our society and I am proud to work in an industry which helps to improve people’s mobility and reduce our collective impact on the environment.
At Portsmouth City Council I lead five diverse areas which work together to deliver improved connectivity and mobility: Transport Strategy, Network Management, Parking and Enforcement, Air Quality Improvement and Safer Travel.
I am delighted to be SRO for the South East Hampshire Rapid Transit programme which is an ambitious partnership between Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to deliver a transformational rapid transit network across the Portsmouth city region, addressing the considerable connectivity challenges which have a significant negative impact on productivity, air quality and social inclusion.”
Keith has over 35 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors of the transport industry, working in a range of jobs in local government, consultancies and with a national transport operator. He has experience at a senior level in project management, business development, transport planning, passenger transport, stakeholder engagement and major scheme development and delivery.
In his current role he has responsibility for all transport activities within the department. These include the formulation of transport policies, the development and delivery of c£200m transport capital programme, the Highway Development Planning function and all passenger transport activities.
Keith works closely with the Department for Transport, Highways England, Network Rail, Transport for South East, LEPs, transport operators and other local authorities.
Colin has a strong track record and over 20 years’ experience at a senior level, managing a wide range of environmental services, and the delivery of strategic projects, in unitary, district and county councils. He is passionate about the delivery of projects and schemes that make a positive difference to the quality of neighbourhoods and provide measurable economic benefits.
With his experience of strategic projects, Colin has overall responsibility for delivering the Isle of Wight schemes as part of the SEHRT project.