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Five More Councils Join Bucks County Council Alliance

Five More Councils Join Bucks County Council Alliance

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 10:34am 12th February 2016.

A group of councils that joined together last year to improve transport and infrastructure are expanding.

Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire created England's Economic Heartland in 2015 and now they've been joined by Cambridgeshire, Milton Keynes, Luton, Bedford and Central Bedfordshire.

England's Economic Heartland has already set out its transport proposition to government to demonstrate how working together on transport and infrastructure projects could bring accelerated economic growth.

The Alliance has announced that its Strategic Transport Forum - which will also include representatives from four Local Enterprise Partnerships - will meet for the first time today, to provide the leadership for the Alliance's work to develop and deliver a transport strategy for the area.

Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council said that the strengthening of the Alliance should bring greater benefits for Buckinghamshire in the future.

"No authority is an island in transport terms. The reality is that travel requirements go way beyond any individual council boundaries so joining up allows us to think bigger and plan big to deliver the transport solutions that are needed in the future.

"Being part of an expanded organisation, which now not only includes Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire but also Milton Keynes and Central Bedfordshire is an exciting development.

"It should ensure that the transport needs of our residents and businesses from Marlow in the south to Buckingham in the north can benefit from the planning of new transport and infrastructure."

Creating an efficient transport network is seen as the cornerstone of boosting economic growth in the England's Economic Heartland area; an economy worth £87bn but with the potential to grow another 20 per cent.

Already home to over 173,000 businesses, investment in England's Economic Heartland generates 40% higher return than anywhere else outside of London.

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