Chloe Smith, Member of Parliament for Norwich North, has welcomed news announced through the Chancellor’s Spring Statement today that Norwich will receive £6.1m from the Transforming Cities Fund.
Chloe has campaigned for Norwich to receive funding from the Transforming Cities Fund, which was initially announced in the 2017 Budget. Chloe has supported Norwich City Council, Norfolk County Council and surrounding local councils in their application to the Department for Transport for special funds to transform the city.
Most recently Chloe finalised their lobbying by writing to the Transport Secretary in support of the bid.
Following today’s announcement, Chloe comments: “I’ve campaigned hard for this bid to succeed because it will really help people get around Norwich especially to jobs. Getting more good jobs to Norwich is a top priority for me and this £6.1million will help make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Chloe welcomed news in September 2018 that Norwich had been shortlisted to receive a share of the £840million fund, together with nine other cities. This funding, under the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy, is supporting cities to make it easier, safer and quicker for people to travel and get to work by funding improved transport connections.
Chloe has previously commented that: “This extra funding will help facilitate the already ongoing improvements to Norwich’s transport links- of course there is more work to do but these greater transport links will play a pivotal role in supporting local jobs and businesses which form the heart of our local economy.
“It would make a lot of difference to thousands of people who want to reach jobs or new homes in our city, if the Department for Transport say yes to making our bus links better. Over 300,000 people are thought to be in our city during the working day and it would be great to better connect the city centre with the suburbs to let people get to Norwich's opportunities. For example, there's no bus route at the moment to the major new homes being built to the north east of Norwich. There's no bus route between the airport and the train station. People living on some of the estates I represent in north Norwich find it hard to get to work or college by public transport if they don't have a car.
“I've teamed up with the city council, county council and surrounding councils to apply to the Department for Transport for special funds to transform our city. In north Norwich, the plan would help people in Mile Cross, Catton Grove, the north city, Sprowston and Heartsease. People could more easily get to the hospital, the university, the great new aviation academy, the airport, and many jobs in the business and industrial parks.
“I have already campaign to central government for additional funds for the city, and the bid from Greater Norwich has my full backing and I will do everything within my powers as an MP to help ensure Greater Norwich’s bid is successful. This extra funding could radically improve the ways in which people, goods and services move around Norwich and I will continue my work in Parliament to campaign for improvements to transport links ensuring Norwich has a first-rate transport network.”