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  • Reaction to September 2022 'Mini-Budget'

    Chair of England's Economic Heartland, Cllr Richard Wenham, said: “EEH welcomes the government’s commitment to prioritise and accelerate a number of transport infrastructure projects in the region, which will unlock new economic opportunities for our residents and businesses. This includes road schemes in Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire, alongside Cambridge South Station and East West Rail.

    “EEH has consistently made the case that East West Rail – delivered in full …

    September 23rd 2022
  • Chair's View: Investment in our region can deliver new government’s economic objectives

    England’s Economic Heartland provides the opportunity for this government to deliver economic growth with innovation at its core.

    The region’s networks of universities and businesses operate on a global scale. They play a leading role in high technology sectors including life sciences, future mobility, robotics, energy, digital, space and aerospace.

    The region has the potential to perform an even greater role for the country. Speaking recently on the Today programme, …

    September 21st 2022
  • Government investment in A428 and Oxford Station ‘part of the jigsaw’ in unlocking economic growth for UK

    Government announcements on the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet scheme and Oxford Station have been welcomed by the Chair of England’s Economic Heartland – as he reiterated the key role the region has in boosting the wider UK economy.

    On Thursday, the Secretary of State for Transport granted development consent for National Highways to begin work on the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet scheme, which will tackle a …

    August 23rd 2022
  • Letter to government stresses importance of Ely improvements

    EEH has co-signed a letter sent to the Secretary of State for Transport and Chief Secretary to the Treasury urging the government to commit to the Ely Area Capacity Enhancement in the forthcoming Rail Networks Enhancement Pipeline (RNEP) funding period.

    Ely is crucial to increasing capacity for rail freight on the vital Felixstowe-Midlands freight corridor - a key policy of EEH's transport strategy.

    The letter, from the East of England …

    June 23rd 2022
  • Naomi Green blog: As we celebrate International Women in Engineering Day, it's clear that diversity drives innovation

    Diversity is a key driver of innovation. If we’re to realise our ambitions for a world class transport system in the Heartland, it is imperative that those planning, designing, constructing and operating infrastructure are exposed to new ideas, new ways of working and doing things.

    This is one of the biggest messages to come out of my discussion with two brilliant young women to coincide with today’s International Women in …

    June 23rd 2022
  • Business plan marks significant point in EEH’s history

    England’s Economic Heartland is moving into the next phase in its history after publishing its business plan for the next three years.

    The plan set outs how EEH will evolve its focus and capability to become a unit that not only sets the strategy and identifies investment priorities for the region. From 2022/23, EEH will also play a proactive role in progressing the case for individual schemes, while supporting local …

    June 23rd 2022
  • International Women in Engineering Day: We speak to two brilliant young women working in the region

    To coincide with International Women in Engineering Day (June 23 2022), EEH's managing director Naomi Green sat down with two brilliant young female engineers working in the region.

    Lucy Ellis is a section engineer working for the East West Rail Alliance between Bicester and Bletchley. Having completed her A-Levels at Silverstone …

    June 22nd 2022
  • Why the STBs are working together to reduce carbon emissions

    In the run-up to theSub-national Transport Body conference on May 26, EEH's decarbonisation and innovation manager, James Golding-Graham outlines our collaboration on working towards net zero.

    More blogs from other STB colleagues are on the STB conference website.

    England’s seven sub-national transport bodies are working together more closely than ever before.

    A great example of this is in our joint working on sharing best practice on cutting transport emissions, …

    May 19th 2022
  • Region's innovators win funding

    The Heartland region is at the forefront of developing tomorrow's mobility solutions.

    So we're delighted that pioneers in our region, developing new ways of creating a more efficient transport system, have been backed by government funding announced yesterday.

    In total, 51 projects across the UK have been awarded a share of £1.95 million in Department for Transport (DfT) funding as part of the government’s Transport Research and Innovation Grant (TRIG) …

    April 14th 2022
  • Naomi Green appointed EEH managing director

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    England’s Economic Heartland has appointed a new managing director to lead delivery of ambitious plans for transport and connectivity infrastructure in the region.

    Naomi Green’s appointment comes as the sub-national transport body focuses on a three-year programme of work, including development and delivery of the region’s infrastructure priorities and establishing a pioneering ‘centre for excellence’ to bolster local authorities’ capacity to plan future schemes.

    A former civil servant, Naomi has …

    March 10th 2022