Welcome to our transport strategy page, where you can download key documents and hear directly from the EEH team about the Draft Transport Strategy's vision and policies, and the technical work which underpins it.
England's Economic Heartland's Draft Transport Strategy, published in July 2020, set out a bold new approach to connectivity which will enable the region's transport system to support a green recovery from COVID-19 and sustainable economic growth in the decades which follow, while reaching net zero carbon emissions no later than 2050.
The strategy was subject to formal consultation which closed on October 6. England's Economic Heartland is now in the process of considering consultation responses (read the consultation analysis) before the final Transport Strategy is published in February.
The draft strategy includes measures to:
- Work with the area's world-leading innovators to trial and deploy cleaner and smarter connectivity across the region
- Champion investment in better digital connectivity to increase people's ability to work from home, reducing the need to travel
- Maximise the potential of East West Rail and use it as the catalyst for transforming public transport across the region
- Enhance walking and cycling infrastructure and 'shared transport' to improve local connectivity
- Ensure the region's freight and logistics needs continue to be met, while lowering their environmental impact
England's Economic Heartland also sought views on the strategy's Integrated Sustainability and plans to become a statutory body.
The launch of the Draft Transport Strategy for consultation followed an extensive period of engagement on our Outline Transport Strategy in 2019. Twelve key messages were identified from the feedback received, most notably the need for EEH to be bold in its approach to decarbonising the transport system.