Latest News and Events

  • EEH welcomes East West Rail funding announcement

    Government has confirmed £760m for East West Rail between Oxford and Bletchley/Milton Keynes - with services due by 2025.

    The investment means further vital construction work can begin and represents an important milestone in the East West Rail project. Delivery of this stage is expected to provide work for 1,500 people, injecting an estimated £1.1bn into the local economy. 

    Mayor Dave Hodgson, Chair of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum, …

    January 25th 2021
  • Look ahead to 2021: a year of implementation

    February 2021 will be a major milestone for England's Economic Heartland when we publish the final version of the Transport Strategy.  But already our focus is on how we implement the Strategy and ensure that we secure the investment that our partners need to deliver on the ground.

    We'll do this by building on the tremendous amount of work that's been completed in 2020. Our programme for the year ahead …

    December 16th 2020
  • EEH statement on Spending Review 2020

    Mayor Dave Hodgson, Chair of EEH's Strategic Transport Forum, provides England's Economic Heartland's response to the Spending Review and related announcements, which took place on November 25, 2020.

    ​Confirmation of the funding to deliver the 'Bicester-Bletchley' section of East West Rail is pleasing - a reflection of the national significance of the project as set out in the National Infrastructure Strategy. However, we are still waiting on confirmation of the …

    November 30th 2020
  • “Give local authorities the powers to improve safety and cut congestion”

    England's Economic Heartland is to make the case to Government for local transport authorities in the region to be given powers to better manage traffic and HGV movements, in order to improve safety and reduce congestion.

    The powers relate to Part Six of the Traffic Management Act, which to date have only been activated in London. Enacting them for the local authorities within the Heartland region – stretching from Swindon …

    November 30th 2020
  • MARTIN TUGWELL BLOG: Regional funding allocation would help ensure transport strategy is delivered

    England's Economic Heartland should commit to going 'harder and faster' on reaching net zero emissions from transport before the nationwide legal requirement of 2050.

    That is the message from EEH's recent consultation on the draft Transport Strategy, with residents and organisations calling for an even more ambitious path to decarbonisation, particularly given the region's renowned expertise in green technology innovation.

    At their meeting on Friday, elected members of EEH's Strategic …

    November 30th 2020
  • ‘Go harder and faster on decarbonisation’, consultation tells England’s Economic Heartland

    England's Economic Heartland should commit to going 'harder and faster' on reaching net zero emissions from transport before the nationwide legal requirement of 2050.

    That is the message from EEH's recent consultation on the draft Transport Strategy, with residents and organisations calling for an even more ambitious path to decarbonisation, particularly given the region's renowned expertise in green technology innovation.

    At their meeting on Friday, elected members of EEH's Strategic …

    November 30th 2020
  • Virtual annual conference 2020

    EH's virtual annual conference took place on September 15, attended by more than 320 people.

    You can find a recording of the conference below.

    Theme 1: Introduction and scene setting

    Ministerial address: Baroness Vere, Roads Minister, Department for Transport

    Mayor Dave Hodgson, elected Mayor of Bedford and Chair of EEH's Strategic Transport Forum offers an update on EEH's draft Transport Strategy

    A political perspective from Greg Smith, …

    September 18th 2020
  • BLOG: With freight, we must not miss the good by waiting on the perfect

    Whilst there remains uncertainty  regarding how the country will emerge after COVID-19, one thing we can rely on is the country's need to produce, trade and supply goods.

    The majority of freight is currently carried on our roads.

    Some of these lorry movements will be generated exogenously by the UK's reliance on an import based supply chain and growth in deep sea ports but most will consist of inbound freight …

    September 18th 2020
  • BLOG: Understanding the Heartland's people

    There is no doubt, the way we are using public and shared transport has changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

    However, this country cannot, and will not, achieve our legal commitments to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 without a fully functioning, effective public and sustainable transport network. And it is upon all of us: users, operators, transport planners, policy makers and funders to support that, creating …

    September 14th 2020
  • BLOG: Putting the social into sustainability

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    Social sustainability is possibly the least defined element within the sustainability debate, or at the very least often attracts a smaller amount of attention.

    People's minds often automatically go to the environment, an undoubtedly important element of sustainability which is underpinned by environmental legislation and guidance. But what about the 'social' pillar?

    The classic three pillar diagram of sustainable development shows that we need all three elements  to achieve the …

    September 10th 2020