Bennion: Welcome EU infrastructure investment

The Liberal Democrat European transport spokesman, Phil Bennion, has welcomed today’s adoption of an EU infrastructure package worth EUR 33bn between 2014 and 2020.

The ‘Connecting Europe’ programme will help fund and facilitate projects of common interest in the areas of energy, transport and infrastructure. The UK’s West Coast Main Line corridor is among the identified priority projects that would be eligible for EU funding.

Dr Phil Bennion MEP said:
“When it comes to energy, transport and digital infrastructure it is important to look beyond national borders to exploit potential synergies and enable an easy flow of people, goods and services.

“The new EU Connecting Europe programme will help reduce bottlenecks, facilitate business travel and freight transport and boost the single market.

“I have fought for this infrastructure programme on the Transport Committee which will help create and upgrade rail transport links for a truly interconnected Europe. 

“It is great to see that the UK’s West Coast Main Line corridor as well as the freight rail route between Birmingham, Reading and Southampton, already co-financed under the previous infrastructure programme,  are among the priority projects eligible for EU investment.”

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Note to editors:

Connecting Europe Facility (projects eligible for funding 2014-2020):
-Transport: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/infrastructure/doc/ten-t-country-fiches/uk.pdf

(TEN-T Corridors: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/infrastructure/news/ten-t-corridors_en.htm)

- Energy: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/infrastructure/pci/doc/2013_pci_projects_country.pdf

 

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