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  • How EEH and other STBs are ideally positioned to support Great British Railways

    The below text is the preface toEEH's Passenger Rail Study Phase Two, and sets out EEH's view on how sub-national transport bodies can support the newly-created Great British Railways.

    Realising the full potential of the Heartland’s rail network is central to achieving a transport system which supports sustainable economic growth while achieving net zero carbon by as early as 2040.

    This study forms a key part of England’s …

    July 13th 2021
  • Call for evidence launched for Oxford-Milton Keynes and Peterborough-Northampton-Oxford connectivity studies

    England’s Economic Heartland has launched a ‘call for evidence’ to inform the development of its connectivity studies between Oxford and Milton Keynes; and Peterborough, Northampton and Oxford.

    The connectivity studies will take the policies set out in the transport strategy and apply them ‘on the ground’. The output of the studies will be an evidence-based joined-up package of investment that reflects the step-change in approach required to achieve net zero …

    June 1st 2021
  • Plan for Rail is a 'watershed moment'

    England’s Economic Heartland has welcomed publication of the Williams-Shapps Plan For Rail.

    Mayor Dave Hodgson, Chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic Transport Forum, said: “This is a watershed moment for our nation’s railways.

    “We welcome Government’s long-term commitment to rail through the creation of an integrated body. This provides the opportunity to ensure rail’s potential is maximised and allows us to work with our partners to align investment in local …

    May 19th 2021
  • EEH Programme Director Martin Tugwell to join TfN

    England’s Economic Heartland Programme Director Martin Tugwell has been appointed as Transport for the North’s new chief executive.

    Martin, who joined EEH in 2015 and is currently President of the CIHT, will remain in post until the end of July.

    Mayor Dave Hodgson, Chair of EEH Strategic Transport Forum, said: “I’d like to congratulate Martin on his new role. He has played an instrumental role in establishing EEH as the …

    April 19th 2021
  • EEH welcomes Company's second East West Rail consultation

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    England's Economic Heartland has welcomed the launch today of the East West Railway Company's second non-statutory consultation.

    Martin Tugwell, Programme Director at England's Economic Heartland, said: "We welcome the launch of this consultation as another important step towards delivering East West Rail, which is identified in our Transport Strategy as the single biggest opportunity for our region.

    "It will act as a catalyst for improving public transport right across the …

    March 31st 2021
  • EEH welcomes A428 progress

    Plans to improve the A428 between the A1 Black Cat roundabout in Bedfordshire and the A428 Caxton Gibbet roundabout in Cambridgeshire moved a step closer today, after Highways England’s proposals were formally accepted by the Planning Inspectorate for examination.

    The Planning Inspectorate will now start the process of a full examination of Highways England’s proposals before deciding whether to grant a Development Consent Order, which will help to inform the …

    March 24th 2021
  • EEH welcomes Ox-Cam expressway announcement

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has today announced the cancellation of the Oxford to Cambridge expressway project between Oxford and Milton Keynes.

    Mayor Dave Hodgson, Chair of England’s Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum, said: "This is a welcome announcement that provides clarity to those planning for the region’s future between Oxford and Milton Keynes. 

    "As our Transport Strategy sets out, delivery of strategic schemes, including East West Rail and mass transit …

    March 18th 2021
  • Five talking points from Transport Strategy webinar

    "Make no mistake, these priorities are ambitious"

    Strategic Transport Forum Chair, Mayor Dave Hodgson, explains the ambition for a net zero transport system by as early as 2040, 10 years ahead of the legal requirement.

    "This region has enormous economic potential"

    Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, highlights why the region is so important to the UK economy.

    "We need to change our perspective on how we use roads" …

    March 3rd 2021
  • Watch the Transport Strategy webinar in full

    England's Economic Heartland held a webinar on February 26, 2021, to mark the launch of the Transport Strategy.

    Chaired by Local Transport Today editor Andrew Forster, the panel included:

    Mayor Dave Hodgson, Chair of the Strategic Transport Forum

    Iain Stewart, Milton Keynes MP

    Naomi Green, EEH Head of Technical Programme

    Mike Smith, Network Rail

    Phil Southall, Chair of EEH Bus Operators' Association

    March 1st 2021
  • Transport Strategy aims for net zero carbon emissions 10 years ahead of 2050 legal requirement

    An ambitious strategy which sets out how the region’s transport system can support economic growth while delivering net zero emissions by as early as 2040 has been published by England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) today (Thursday, February 25).

    The Transport Strategy – Connecting People, Transforming Journeys – has been submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport, enabling the region’s priorities to shape investment decisions going forwards, as well as being …

    February 25th 2021