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Outline Transport Strategy (published summer 2019)

Welcome to England's Economic Heartland's Transport Strategy page. Here you can keep up-to-date with key documents and progress as we look to launch the draft strategy for consultation in summer 2020.

MAY 2020

Forum considers 'work in progress' version 

Our Strategic Transport Forum considered a 'work in progress' version of the Transport Strategy. Feedback was generally positive, and included discussion of the implications of COVID-19, including more people working from home, and the need for the strategy to be bold in its measures to tackle climate change.

The 'work in progress' version and accompanying reports are available here under the May 15th Forum meeting papers.

APRIL 2020

Influencers' Group meets for first time 

Our Influencers' Group, formed from a range of stakeholders with a broad range of expertise, many of whom contributed valuable insight during the engagement period in 2019, has met for the first time to provide independent feedback on the Transport Strategy. They will meet again in May and June.

MARCH 2020

EEH consults on ISA scoping report

As part of the development of the Transport Strategy we are welcoming comments on the scoping report for the Integrated Sustainability Appraisal (ISA) for the Transport Strategy. EEH has commissioned WSP to undertake the  ISA alongside the development of the Transport Strategy to ensure that sustainability aspects are incorporated into the Strategy. The ISA combines several assessment processes, including:

  • Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA);
  • Health Impact Assessment (HIA);
  • Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA);
  • Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA); and
  • Community Safety Audits (CSA).


The period of engagement on the Outline Transport Strategy has provided incredibly valuable insight from a variety of organisations and individuals, which – alongside our technical work - will help shape the Transport Strategy, due for consultation in the summer.

Twelve core messages have now been identified from the more than 100 written responses and 35 engagement events. These form an important part of the evidence base that we’ll draw on as we develop the detail of the Transport Strategy.

The 12 key messages identified by EEH from the engagement period are:
• The imperative to respond to the climate emergency
• Harness technology and innovation
• Work closely with planning authorities
• Put environment at forefront of strategy
• The need to be bold - not business as usual
• Reduce the need to travel
• Increase emphasis on sustainable modes
• Support health outcomes
• Place greater emphasis on wider strategic linkages
• Use nudges and demand management
•Remember smaller schemes and maintenance
• Show how EEH will deliver

A summary engagement report has now been produced and can be viewed online.

Region's unique strengths reflected in new vision and principles

The Strategic Transport Forum has adopted refined 'vision' and 'principles' which will form the foundation on which the Transport Strategy will be developed over the coming months.

The amended version reflects feedback from the period of engagement, including the need to make the vision more specific to the region, reflect its unique strengths in technology and innovation, the importance of strategic linkages beyond EEH's borders, and the need to decarbonise the transport system.

The amended vision is: "To harness the Heartland’s globally renowned centres of innovation to unlock a world class transport system that connects people and places within and beyond our region whilst de-carbonising our transport system."

From the vision flow four new principles:

  • Decarbonisation: Achieving net-zero carbon no later than 2050

  • Realising economic opportunities through improved intra-regional connectivity

  • Improving quality of life and wellbeing through enhanced local connectivity

  • Improving access to markets through strategic connectivity

A broad narrative has also been produced to accompany the vision and principles, which will evolve over the coming months.

The Strategic Transport Forum's discussion on the Transport Strategy in January included the linkage between transport and other policy areas and the need for the Strategy to harness the opportunities presented by the four Grand Challenges at the heart of the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

> Read more about the structure of the Transport Strategy (annex 2)

In order to rise to the challenge of decarbonisation, EEH is looking to collaborate with academic partnerships, leveraging the work already done by DAFNI (Data & Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure to advance UK infrastructure research) and the Environmental Change Institute and Transport Studies Unit at Oxford University. 

This collaboration will help to inform decisions at the regional and sub-regional level.

> More on our approach to decarbonisation


Period of engagement ends

The period of engagement on the Outline Transport Strategy comes to an end.  We attended more than 35 engagement events and received 108 written responses.

JULY 2019

Launch of Outline Transport Strategy

TheFile Download - Outline Transport Strategy Framework for Engagement.pdfOutline Transport Strategy Framework for Engagement.pdf is launched at our annual conference, providing a framework for a conversation with people and businesses about the future of the region's transport system.

Launch of Freight Study

The Freight Study is also published, identifying a number of priorities for the region, including improving strategic road access, maximising the use of rail freight, and encouraging investment in greener technology.