Government funds maritime projects in England

Great Yarmouth’s seafront will benefit from government funding Photo: Great Yarmouth Borough CouncilGreat Yarmouth’s seafront will benefit from government funding Photo: Great Yarmouth Borough Council

The UK government is making £900 million available through the new Getting Building Fund for investment in local, shovel-ready infrastructure projects to stimulate jobs and support economic recovery.

This investment is being targeted in areas facing the biggest economic challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and will be awarded via Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) organisations. One such project to benefit is the modification of conventional engine test cells at the Ricardo hydrogen test cell in Shoreham.

Maritime UK chair, Harry Theochari, said that it was good to see the government recognising the maritime sector’s potential to help support the economic recovery. “We now look forward to this autumn’s spending review, where the sector needs to receive substantial government funding to drive maritime decarbonisation so that we can meet our net-zero obligation,” he said.

So far the funding has supported 18 projects which encompass Great Yarmouth Strategic Seafront Regeneration, Great Yarmouth Operations & Maintenance Campus, Maritime & Sustainable Technology Hub in Newhaven, Tyne Dock Enterprise Park, Cross Tyne Ferry, Robotics and Autonomous Systems Test & Validation Centre, Northumberland Energy Park Ph1, Wallsend EZ site, Port Salford Early Infrastructure Works, Project Neptune, Hydrogen Engine Development Facility in Shoreham, Port of Southampton Cruise Terminal, Enzyme Recycling in Portsmouth, Fawley Waterside Digital, Woolston ‘Silicon Wharf’, Poole Harbour Commissioners – Border Control Post and Public Trade Office and Ilfracombe Water Sports Centre.

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