The January 2019 Strategic Transport Forum received an update on the freight study: Report/ Presentation/ Webcast

The freight and logistics needs of businesses in and around the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge growth corridor is the focus of a major new study commissioned by England's Economic Heartland.

The study is examining freight's impact on road and rail corridors both now and in the future. Pinch-points which may benefit from investment are being identified along with a range of other considerations.

Its findings, recommending measures to capitalise on short to long term opportunities, will inform England's Economic Heartland's over-arching Transport Strategy, due to be published in draft form in summer 2019.

The study is the first piece of work to be commissioned through England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Delivery Partners group, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.  The East West Rail Consortium is also contributing towards the cost of the paper, which will be produced by WSP and Jacobs with specialist input from Transport Systems Catapult.

The impact of economic and housing growth is a key consideration, as will a review of emerging technologies that may bring new more efficient approaches to the sector.

There will also be analysis of the opportunities for transferring goods from road to rail, including the movement of construction materials. Special consideration will be given to East West Rail's freight potential.

For more information about the study, contact Antony Swift at