13 June 2019

England's Economic Heartland - the Sub-national Transport Body for the Oxford to Cambridge Arc and surrounding areas – will publish its Outline Transport Strategy: A Framework for Engagement on July 16 at its annual conference taking place this year at the University of Hertfordshire.

The purpose of the Outline Transport Strategy is to start a conversation about how the transport system should look up to 2050.

What needs to change if the region is to realise it's economic potential in a way which results in net gain for the environment? How can the transport system of the future ensure that people can access new opportunities, regardless of their circumstances?

As part of this engagement, England's Economic Heartland is inviting students, post graduates and younger professionals to submit up to 500 words on how they believe the Heartland's transport system should fulfil our 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. You may wish to give a broad overview of the future transport system, or focus on a single element, mode or priority principle.

We are looking for innovative answers to new challenges and opportunities. So for example, you may wish to consider the role of data, new and emerging technologies, policy initiatives and reforms, and spatial planning in improving the transport system of the future.

Entries will be published in a special document to accompany our formal consultation on the Draft Transport Strategy in spring 2020. In addition, three of the most innovative entries chosen by our judging panel will have their ideas brought to life in a series of images produced by spatial design agency, 5th Studio, which has previously worked with the National Infrastructure Commission.

The deadline for entries is December 13, 2019.

For more information and to submit your entry, please email Adam King on aking@buckscc.gov.uk