Robert Halfon MP lobbies Chancellor for investment in Harlow

News / Wed 20th Mar 2024 at 07:05am

HARLOW’S Robert Halfon MP has been lobbying Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt MP, in recent weeks to secure more investment for Harlow. Raising the issues that matter most to hardworking Harlow people, Mr Halfon has met with the Chancellor and written to him to secure extra funding for the town. 

Robert met the Chancellor at Number 11 Downing Street ahead of the Spring Budget to raise the challenges that local people are facing with bus routes, access to ‘pay as you go’ train tickets and to impress upon the Chancellor the importance of investing in health infrastructure in Harlow.

Mr Halfon has since welcomed a letter from the Chancellor which reconfirms a brand new, fully funded hospital for Harlow. The Chancellor doubled down on the Government’s commitment to Harlow’s Princess Alexandra Hospital 2.0 saying, “I can assure you that the Government remains committed to delivering the Princess Alexandra Hospital scheme by 2030 as part of the New Hospital Programme, which is expected to be backed by over £20 billion of investment in hospital infrastructure. The Trust’s preferred option is for a new integrated, high-tech healthcare campus to replace the ageing Princess Alexandra Hospital.”

The Chancellor also confirmed that the Government is prioritising enhancing public transport across the region with more than £4.5 billion of funding for buses in England outside of London. This includes £300 million to support and improve bus services until April 2025 and £4.8 million to protect and enhance bus services and support local fares initiatives in Essex alone. The Chancellor also said that Harlow would be considered for future expansions of ‘pay as you go’ rail ticketing. 

At the Spring Budget, the Chancellor also unveiled another £20 million endowment-style funding to rebuild and regenerate Harlow in the Government’s Long-Term Plan for Towns. This huge funding boost comes on top of the £20 million Levelling Up Fund and the £23.7 million Towns Fund both awarded to Harlow over the past two years following successful lobbying by Mr Halfon.

Speaking to Your Harlow Mr Halfon said: “I have always pledged to protect our NHS and have campaigned tirelessly in Parliament for over a decade to secure a new Harlow hospital. Following my meeting with the Chancellor, I am delighted to confirm that the Government is committed to the delivery of PAH 2.0 for future generations of Harlow families.

“The new high-tech health campus, backed by hundreds of millions of Government investment, will be constructed using the latest technologies to ensure that Harlow has one of the best new hospitals in the country. I have huge admiration for every member of staff who works at PAH: the doctors, nurses and support staff work tirelessly to care for our town. I am pleased that their endless hard work has paid off and we will see a new state-of-the-art hospital in our town to support their work in just a few years time.

“I will also continue to lobby for better public transport in Harlow. ‘Pay as you go’ ticketing is not only more convenient but also cheaper, offering local people flexibility in when and where they travel. I know that local people, particularly school children, vulnerable people and the older generations within our community are reliant on good public transport. I will continue to champion our local bus services to improve connectivity around our town.”

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9 Comments for Robert Halfon MP lobbies Chancellor for investment in Harlow:

2024-03-20 08:08:44

By 2030! A new hospital is needed now! Let’s hope the next government understands the urgency better and gets the job done.

2024-03-20 09:21:06

Ha Ha, this could be brilliant if it wasnt so contrived. Bus Routes, Robert Halfon, you are in govt. Do something NOW. Give councils power as Labour wanted in 2019.The hospital, every confirmation seems to move it back, you will need to consider bus routes to get to J7a, Arriva wont go there unless they can make money. No mention of Public Health England I see.

Kim Oconnor
2024-03-20 09:35:34

Our hospital is broken now, our NHS dentist s are broken now. If this isn't an emergency for health care, I don't know what is.. can we afford to wait another fews years, we'll go and see for your self, what our hospital is like, waiting times, conditions. THE HOSPITAL IS FALLING DOWN..... At least if you say the next few years,, GIVE US A WALK IN CENTRE... you have to do something to relieve the pressure,, we can not afford to wait another few years ,,this is a state of emergency.. if none your Conservative government and councils dont realise this ,there's something seriously wrong.

2024-03-20 10:12:19

Kim Harlow had a walk in centre it closed not long after the Conservatives were first elected , they abolished the PCT that ran it as one of their first acts , and it closed sadly .

Kim Oconnor
2024-03-20 10:32:40

Richard, I know, it shut through this government s cuts... But we desperately desperately need it back.

Tony Edwards
2024-03-20 10:37:51

Interesting Halfon continues to push the line of a high tech healthcare campus - when PAH Trust staff stated in a briefing in January "Are there plans to build a biomedical centre (life sciences) on the new hospital campus? No. We are just building an acute hospital."

David Forman
2024-03-20 10:38:58

Dear Robert Halfon, perhaps getting a move on to spend the money you already have would be good. Kicking the can down the road to 2025 is not good, especially the Arts and Cultural Quarter project.

UKHSA Harlow - time is ticking
2024-03-20 19:25:35

Where has the investment for the UKHSA Harlow (formerly PHE) gone? I fear that if the Tories don’t commit to bringing the UKHSA to the Harlow site with the 3,000 high skilled jobs promised, this could be the end of them. We will therefore not need the 10,000 new homes and we can also take away our future title of ‘life science capital of Europe’. If the UKHSA coming to Harlow fails, this is going to be a terrible look on Halfon and disastrous for the Tories at the election. Get back on the phone to Jeremy Hunt asap!

Nick Gunning
2024-03-21 00:33:29

Truth is the 40 hospitals were Johnson's Garden Bridge on an even bigger budget. All the aim of this government has been to expand private health while the NHS withers away. The supposed new site (which we don't own) would almost certainly not reach WHO standards for environmental pollution. There are insufficient staff for transitional arrangements as there is no surplus. An interesting suggestion: why not have proper building maintenance in the current site? Ceilings don't cave in, plumbing doesn't fail without gross neglect! Hospitals far older than PAH don't have live sewage dropping onto patients or ceilings or equipment. Time to stop chasing this dead cat, to get in with the business of replacing current management with their gimmicks and charts. Bring in engineers and public greatly m health experts instead!

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