The results of a detailed review into how transport connectivity across the UK can support economic growth have been published and call for the creation of UKNET – a strategic transport network for the whole of the UK.
Sir Peter Hendy CBE was asked to undertake the Union Connectivity Review by the Government and to make recommendations as to how to improve transport connectivity between the nations of the UK.
His recommendation, UKNET, would be a multi-modal, pan-UK network based on a series of principal transport corridors. Sir Peter concluded this would support long term economic growth, jobs, housing and social cohesion, the UK Government’s levelling up agenda and net zero ambitions.
The review also identified the key role of the UK Government in developing such a network, the need for collaboration with the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the need for an appropriate level of funding
Commenting on the review, Head of People Policy at the BCC, Jane Gratton, said: “Businesses continually operate between all four nations of the United Kingdom and an effective strategic transport network is critical to that.
“If we want to improve productivity, boost trade, and continue to make progress towards net zero, then the UK’s entire transport system must be fit for purpose and properly integrated.
“Following recent U-turns on high-speed rail investment, businesses will be keen to see how the recommendations in this review deal with the need for increased capacity across the network, for both passengers and freight, and keep high speed rail, including the missing sections of HS2, alive as future options.
“Businesses are waiting for meaningful proposals and solid investment that will drive growth and prosperity in every part of the UK.”
Read the full review here.