The West of England Combined Authority has earmarked the
following key projects over the next year:
l Aim to significantly increase rail usage, particularly via progressing
work on MetroWest, in partnership with North Somerset Council, a project
which focuses on major improvements to local and suburban rail.
l Research further the potential future demand and opportunities for
mass transit within the region.
Local Industrial Strategy
l Develop a Local Industrial Strategy, with the aim of setting out how the
region can achieve its ambition for clean and inclusive economic growth.
l Work to build the digital platform needed to make integrated smart-ticketing
happen, in order to give residents the flexibility to move across
different transport options easily.
l Invest in Strategic Development Locations to deliver an approach to
housebuilding that ensures consistent design quality of homes, whilst
respecting local context and communities.
l Continue implementing Investment Enterprise Zones to provide
opportunities for business and employment.
Skills and employment
l Implement the new £8.5m Workforce for the Future fund to reduce the
barriers for employment in the region.
Support for the creative sector
l Rollout a £1.35m Creative Scale-Up Programme, with the aim of
supporting investment in creative businesses.