Council and business leaders in Norfolk and Suffolk will be given control of a £39m transport cash-pot over three years.

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In 2012 the government set up local transport bodies (LTBs) to take charge of transport infrastructure in the English regions.

Yesterday ministers confirmed LTBs would be given control of money between 2015 and 2018 that previously would have been spent from Whitehall.

Officials at the Department for Transport said initial calculations indicated that money allocated for Norfolk and Suffolk would amount to £39m over the three-year period.

Minister Norman Baker said: “The devolution of [money for] major transport schemes will give real power to communities to make locally-accountable decisions about what will work best for them.

“The figures we have published today provide the clarity local areas need to plan for the future and, armed with these figures, local decision makers can start looking at the kinds of infrastructure projects that will deliver the greatest benefits for local people.

“Many transport schemes deliver benefits far beyond their immediate surrounds and I would encourage local authorities to talk to their neighbours where joint schemes might be appropriate.”

However, the actual allocations for each area will not be determined until future spending plans are set in stone by the government.

The Norfolk and Suffolk LTB will be made up of Norfolk County Council, Suffolk County Council and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), a grouping of council and business chiefs designed to promote economic growth in the East.

Mr Baker also said that New Anglia would get a share of £5m this year to help it execute its role in administering the new budget.

The LTB will now start making contingency plans on how to spend the indicative amount of money, though it has been told to allow for the actual amount to be up to one third higher or lower than the indicative figure.

Graham Plant, Norfolk’s cabinet member for transport and planning, said the LTB had schemes “on the table” and waiting for money, but could not give any the go-ahead until the actual amount was confirmed.

He said: “It’s the start of something, but not the be-all and end-all.

“I’m hopeful that when the government are confident the LTB can spend the money wisely, more will be forthcoming down the line.”

Mark Pendlington, New Anglia’s LTB representative said: “Working with our local authority colleagues we are making good progress establishing the New Anglia Local Transport Board.

“We are pleased that the government has confirmed indicative funding of £39m, which we are determined to invest in projects which will maximise the economic potential of our area.”

8 comments

  • A roof for Lowestoft station would be good, There should be a spare roof or two coming off London Bridge Station soon which can be cut and reassembled. Plus a tall wall between railway line (by station) and the back of Commercial road to mask the dereliction and make it more welcoming for business travellers and tourists. 3rd Lowestoft river crossing should be on the list and the numerous pot-holes. £5m for admin seems a bit heavy as most of these people are paid already by tax-payers, perhaps they need to buy a great deal of postage stamps for leaflets to consult with people and a huge paper shredder for the replies?

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    Dave01

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • What a foolhardy move, there is no way these people can be trusted to use this money wisely as their past record proves.

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    Catton Man

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • The recent Which? report stated the East of England has the most unrepaired potholes to the tune of £101 million worth.This does not include the new ones caused by this harsh winter.This compromises safety on our roads,especially for cyclists and motor cyclists so why not look to improving the existing roads as a priority?

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • What a foolhardy move, there is no way these people can be trusted to use this money wisely as their past record proves.

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    Catton Man

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • NO, NO, NO, this is not right Piggles. You were meant to tell them to outsource the funding to the private sector so it could be offshored, securitised and traded in the City. All you've done is set up another quango and they want £5 mil just for admin. Georgey will be in tears!

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Well, that will be wasted, wont it ?.

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    "V"

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Just to recap, transport does not just mean roads, its rail, cycle routes, sea transport, due to our première coastal position and most important, pedestrian ways, the most used means of transport from A to B. Just so our restaurant owners out there know.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • I wonder how many bus priority schemes can be funded for £5m, I guess we'll soon see.

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    parkeg1

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

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