Latest News and Events

  • EEH Conference 2021

    Our fifth annual conference was held at Silverstone on 20 October 2021.

    Click here for a full round-up of the day.

    October 21st 2021
  • Central Bedfordshire leader Richard Wenham elected as chair of England’s Economic Heartland

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    Cllr Richard Wenham is the new chair of sub-national transport body, England’s Economic Heartland.

    The leader of Central Bedfordshire Council was elected at EEH’s Strategic Transport Leadership Board on Friday, 24 September. The leader of Oxfordshire County Council, Cllr Liz Leffman, was elected vice-chair.

    England’s Economic Heartland is one of seven sub-national transport bodies covering the entirety of England outside of London. Jointly funded by its local transport authority members …

    October 4th 2021
  • International journal publishes EEH colleague's research


    Research on step-free railway station access carried out by an EEH officer as part of his masters degree in transport planning has been featured in an international journal.

    EEH project lead, Antony Swift, examined the benefits of step-free access and its relationship with rail usage among ‘persons with reduced mobility’ (PRMs), and the wider benefits of railway station accessibility.

    The research was conducted for Antony’s dissertation with the University of …

    September 10th 2021
  • Spending Review 2021

    Today the Chancellor announced the launch of a three year Spending Review which will set resource and capital budgets for 2022-23 to 2024-25 and conclude on 27 October 2021, alongside Autumn Budget 2021.

    EEH's Spending Review 2021 submission has been considered by our Strategic Transport Forum and is due to go before our new 'Strategic Transport Leadership Board' later this month for final ratification.

    Our submission is about turning the …

    September 7th 2021
  • EEH strengthens governance structure

    England’s Economic Heartland’s governance structure has been strengthened following a review by the leaders of our local authority partners.

    Our two political-level meetings – the Strategic Transport Forum and EEH Leaders Group meeting – have now been consolidated into a single meeting, provisionally titled the ‘Strategic Transport Leadership Board’.

    The Board will be held in public on a quarterly basis (as a minimum).

    It will first meet on Friday, September …

    August 31st 2021
  • Martin Tugwell's farewell blog: It's never been more important to make the case for change

    July's Strategic Transport Forum placed on record its thanks to departing EEH programme director Martin Tugwell, who is becoming chief executive officer of Transport for the North in August. For more than 20 years, Martin has played a key role in making the case for and delivering transport infrastructure in our region. He has been EEH’s programme director for more than six years, leading the development of the organisation into …

    July 21st 2021
  • EEH ideally positioned to support Government decarb plan

    Statement from Mayor Dave Hodgson, chair of the Strategic Transport Forum, following publication of the Department for Transport's Transport Decarbonisation Plan.

    England’s Economic Heartland welcomes the publication of the Government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan. EEH is leading the way in setting the ambitions for transport decarbonisation in our region and through the TDP, we are starting to see how some of these can be realised.

    There is more to do, and …

    July 20th 2021
  • Study reveals how COVID-19 legacy could release roads capacity

    New research commissioned by England’s Economic Heartland reveals how the legacy of COVID-19 could transform capacity on the region’s roads.

    If people who commuted by car pre-COVID but are now working from home were to continue to do so for two days per week, 10-12% of peak hour traffic would be removed.

    The modelling by City Science also shows how the impact differs across the Heartland due to differences in …

    July 20th 2021
  • Potential rail improvements identified in new study by EEH and Network Rail

    A new study which identifies the rail improvements that will boost the region’s economy has been published by England’s Economic Heartland in collaboration with Network Rail.

    Realising the full potential of the Heartland’s rail network is central to achieving a transport system which supports economic growth while achieving net zero carbon by as early 2040. The study forms a key part of EEH’s work to implement its recently published transport …

    July 13th 2021
  • 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