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.

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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.

Guides below:

 Guide to the Draft Transport Strategy, technical work and proposals for statutory status

  • Vision and Principles

    The Draft Transport Strategy's vision (page 14) is:

    To realise sustainable growth opportunities and improve the quality of life and wellbeing for Heartland residents and businesses, by harnessing the region’s globally renowned centres of innovation to unlock a world class, de-carbonised transport system.

    Its key principles are:

    • Achieving net-zero carbon emissions from transport no later than 2050

    • Improving quality of life and wellbeing through an inclusive transport system accessible to all which emphasises sustainable and active travel

    • Supporting the regional economy by connecting people and businesses to markets and opportunities

    • Ensuring the Heartland works for the UK by enabling the efficient movement of people and goods through the region and to/from international gateways.

    Watch Head of Technical Programme, Naomi Green's short video guide to our vision and principles below:

  • A Transport System for the Future

    The A Transport System for the Future chapter (pages 30 to 37)contains policies to decarbonise the transport system and ensure the region plays a central role in developing mobility for the future.

    Watch Programme Director Martin Tugwell's short video guide below:

  • Transforming Journeys

    The Transforming Journeys chapter (pages 38-47), contains policies aimed at maximising the benefits and opportunities arising from investment in strategic infrastructure.

    Watch EEH Programme Director Martin Tugwell's short video guide below:



  • Connecting People with Opportunities

    This chapter (page 44-47) has policies around transport-related development, alongside improving local and rural connectivity.

    Watch Head of Technical Programme, Naomi Green's short guide to the chapter below:

  • Making the Heartland Work for the UK

    ​The Making the Heartland Work for the UK chapter (pages 48 to 53) contains policies aimed at connecting businesses to global markets, increasing rail freight and supporting road freight while reducing its environmental impact.

    Watch EEH Programme Director Martin Tugwell's short video guide below:



  • Implementation and Investment

    The strategy is the foundation on which EEH will plan the strategic development of the region’s transport system. Ensuring its policies are implemented will be the key to its success and is considered from pages 54 to 65 of the Draft Transport Strategy.

    Watch Head of Technical Programme, Naomi Green's short video guide to how the strategy will be implemented, and investment prioritised, below:

  • Connectivity Studies

    Included within the investment pipeline is a programme of connectivity studies across the region, where solutions to improve connectivity will be examined jointly with our partners.

    More information on the connectivity studies is available in the June 19 Investment Pipeline report to the Strategic Transport Forum. 

    Connectivity Studies map.pdf

    Watch EEH Project Lead Abi Nichols' short guide to the connectivity studies below:

  • Integrated Sustainability Appraisal

    ​An independent Integrated Sustainability Appraisal (ISA) has been undertaken to ensure that sustainability aspects are incorporated into the strategy.

    A special microsite has been developed giving more details about the ISA.

    The ISA is also subject to consultation. Questions on the ISA are contained with the main Transport Strategy consultation (questions 12-13).

    ISA Report.pdf

    App A Plan Policies and Programmes.pdf

    App B Policy Assessment.pdf

    App C Corridor Assessment.pdf

    App D Health Impact Assessment - inc deprivation maps.pdf 

    App E Equality Impact Asessment.pdf

    App F Community Safety Assessment.pdf

    App G Info to inform habitats regulations screening.pdf

    App H Scoping Review Comments Tracker.pdf

    App I Policy Review and Sustainability Baseline.pdf

    Watch EEH Project Lead Abi Nichols' short guide to the ISA below:

  • Heartland in Context

    The Heartland in Context provides information on the region's people, places, economy, environment and transport system.

    Watch Communications Manager Adam King's short video about the Heartland in Context below:



  • Pathways to Decarbonisation

    ​This study by Oxford and Southampton universities used advanced modelling to show how EEH could achieve a net zero carbon transport system by 2050.

    Pathways to Decarbonisation.pdf

    Watch EEH Innovation Manager James Golding-Graham's short guide to Pathways to Decarbonisation below:

  • First/Last Mile International Best Practice Review

    The First/ Last International Best Practice Review is informing how EEH (working with its partners) sustainably improves the beginning or end of an individual journey, particularly to or from a transportation hub or service.

    First Last Mile International Best Practice Review.pdf

    Watch EEH Head of Technical Programme Naomi Green's short guide to the first/last mile review below:



  • Passenger Rail Study Phase One

    Working with EEH, Network Rail has conducted a baseline assessment and review of the existing rail network and levels of service in the region.

    This process has enabled EEH to identify and understand where significant rail connectivity gaps exist, what rail enhancements are in development or delivery and what decarbonised/non decarbonised services there are on the network.

    Phase Two will establish the economic benefits of providing better rail connectivity in the future.

    Passenger Rail Study Phase One.pdf

    Watch Project Lead Antony Swift's short guide to the Passenger Rail Study below:


  • Freight Study

    Published in 2019, the Freight Study provides an assessment of the region's freight requirements and the implications of future demands and trends up to 2050.

    Watch Project Lead Antony Swift's short guide to the Freight Study below:


  • Proposal for Statutory Body

    Alongside the publication of the Draft Transport Strategy for consultation, England’s Economic Heartland is also seeking views on the proposal to establish the Sub-national Transport Body on a statutory basis.

    Proposal to Establish a Statutory Sub national Transport Body.pdf

    Watch Programme Director Martin Tugwell's short guide to the proposals below:


Note: To view the video guides in large-screen format, please click the 'YouTube' button in the bottom right hand corner to view in YouTube.