Many people in Brigg and district have views about the need to improve transport links - road and rail. Some of them, it is true to say, hold rather strong opinions.
If this topic interests you, then the following - sent to us by North Lincolnshire Council - may be of interest.
Brigg's Coun Rob Waltham says a consultation now being undertaken offers a fantastic opportunity for people to have a say.
If you can't make it to the local consultation event this week, you can comment through this online link...
Transport for the North invites local views on draft Strategic Transport Plan
FROM SARAH HOWE, NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL
Transport for the North has begun a thirteen-week consultation on its draft Strategic Transport Plan for the North, inviting people’s views at events in Hull, Grimsby and Scunthorpe.
The draft thirty-year plan is the first of its kind and outlines how transport connections across the North of England need to be transformed by 2050 to drive growth and close the economic gap between the North and the rest of England.
Senior Transport for the North representatives will be visiting 20-21 in Scunthorpe on 13 March as part of a dedicated session to outline the plan’s recommendations, advise on what this could mean region, and invite questions and feedback that people may have.
Residents are invited to attend:
- 4pm to 5pm – Presentation from Transport for the North representative and Q&As
- 5pm to 6pm – Drop-in Q&As
- 6pm to 7pm – Presentation from the Transport for the North representative and Q&As
The plan identifies seven Strategic development corridors that link important economic centres and where better road and rail connections are needed. A key focus is improved east-west links from East Yorkshire, the Humber, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire across to Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, with possible priorities including the A1079/A164 route to the Humber ports and enhanced rail access to Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
It also highlights the importance of a pan-Northern smart and integrated ticketing system and of Northern Powerhouse Rail, which would see much faster rail connections between Hull and other major cities.
Other consultation events are taking place across the region. A final version of the plan will be published later in the year.
You can find out more by visiting www.transportforthenorth.com/st
Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local people to have their say and help influence these important plans to bring greater transport connectivity to the north. It will give the region a stronger voice by joining forces and will be a major boost the economy.”
Barry White, CEO, Transport for the North, said: “An incredible amount of work has gone into the production of the draft Strategic Transport Plan including collaboration between the public and private sector across the whole of the North. The plan is underpinned with a robust evidence base, making a compelling case for the investment priorities that would transform the economy of the North and the UK as a whole.”
N.F. ADDS: Brigg's Saturdays-only train service is an obvious topic here. And then there's the question of future public transport links from the Brigg area to the Able UK industrial park, near Killingholme, where hundreds of jobs are destined to be created. The 20-21 Centre in Scunthorpe is in Church Square, within the town centre, close to the bus station. Plenty of public car parking is available nearby.