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Following publication of the Outline Transport Strategy, England's Economic Heartland is engaging with a wide variety of people, businesses and organisations about how the transport system can help achieve transformational economic growth, while also securing environmental 'net gain' and improving residents' quality of life.

This period of engagement, which will last until October 31, will play a crucial role in the development of our overarching Transport Strategy for the region, which will be formally consulted on in the first half of 2020.

Have your say​

Please email your response to the Outline Transport Strategy to engagement@englandseconomicheartland.com using the subject heading 'Outline Transport Strategy response'.

Within the Outline Transport Strategy we've listed a number of questions at the end of every chapter. These are things we're particularly interested in hearing people's thoughts on. However, we appreciate you're unlikely to have strong views on all of them, and equally you may have other things you wish to tell us.

We're also keen to get your thoughts on our Future Visions (the High Street, New Housing Development, Business Park and Rural Setting images) featured within the document. Do you think these visions are ambitious, attainable and desirable?

The questions within the Outline Transport Strategy are:

1. Does the draft vision ("connecting people and places with opportunities and services") provide sufficient focus for the Transport Strategy?

2. Is the ambition to have a zero-carbon transport system by 2050 sufficiently challenging?

3. Do the three key principles (enabling economic growth; accessibility and inclusion; quality of life and environment) provide an appropriate framework within which to develop the Transport Strategy?

4. What are the key factors influencing people’s choice of travel mode?

5. What are the key barriers that need to be addressed if we are to achieve frictionless travel?

6. What performance measures should be used to identify the levels of service users require of the transport system?

7. Should the strategy include and define appropriate ‘nudge principles’ (small changes which can influence user behaviour) to encourage more people to use public transport in the Heartland area?

8. What weight should be given to the changes in travel demand arising from the delivery of transformational infrastructure?

9. What weight should be given to the potential of the rail network to accommodate a higher proportion of future travel demand?

10. Have we identified the key strategic transport corridors?

11. Are there specific issues that should be taken into consideration as part of the connectivity studies?

12. To what extent should we look to the growth in digital services to change the nature and scale of future travel demand?

13. What are the core connectivity requirements for businesses operating from the region?

14. What are the key performance measures for the Transport System from a business perspective?

15. What measures should the overarching Transport Strategy include in order to enable the potential that exists within the four Grand Challenges of the Industrial Strategy to be realised?

16. To what extent is investment in digital infrastructure more significant and/or urgent than physical infrastructure?

17. How will the way we access goods and services continue to change, and what are the key issues that need to be addressed in the Transport Strategy?

18. What freight and logistics services are important for people and businesses? For example, accessing goods (via delivery or in person); a thriving high street; access to health, education and leisure facilities?

19. Just in time and last minute operations are affecting the way people and businesses access goods and services. How should this growing trend affect the way we plan transport now, and in the future?

20. Is the approach to investment the right one? If not, why not?

21. Is the approach to delivery the right one? If not, why not?

Engagement activities

Alongside continuing engagement with our partners, England’s Economic Heartland will be having conversations with a range of external stakeholders.

Activities include:

  • Meeting with national, regional and local stakeholders representing interests including transport, business, environmental and planning
  • Hosting a number of business roadshows throughout the region to speak with business leaders about what they need from the transport system
  • Establishing a ‘transport influencers group’ to ensure we understand the specific needs and requirements of different transport users, for example those with disabilities or on low incomes.
  • Engaging with young people through youth parliaments and other channels
  • Holding a ‘walking conference’ where members of England’s Economic Heartland will visit locations within the region and meet local community and business representatives about their expectations for the transport system

We'll update this section with more information in due course.

If you would like England's Economic Heartland to engage with your organisation, please contact communications executive Adam King (aking@englandseconomicheartland.com).

Vision 2050 'Competition' encourages fresh perspective

England's Economic Heartland is encouraging a fresh perspective on the future of the region's transport system by holding a 'competition' for students, post graduates and professionals in the earlier stages of their careers.

Students and people who have more recently embarked on their careers are being invited to submit up to 500 words on how the transport system should fulfil EEH's vision of 'connecting people and places with opportunities and services' up to 2050.

Entries should relate back to the three priority principles which underpin the strategy: economic growth; accessibility and inclusion; and quality of life and environment. Submissions may wish to give a broad overview of the future transport system, or focus on a single element, mode or priority principle.

Entries will be published in a special document to accompany EEH's formal consultation on the draft Transport Strategy. In addition, three of the most innovative entries chosen by the judging panel will have their ideas brought to life in a series of images produced by spatial design agency, 5th Studio, which has produced eye-catching Future Visions for EEH's Outline Transport Strategy.

For more information and to submit your entry, please email engagement@englandseconomicheartland.com with the subject heading 'Competition'.