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  • EEH welcomes public support for A428 Black Cat improvement scheme

    Press release by Highways England

    Proposals to transform one of the East of England's busiest roads have received strong backing from members of the public responding to a recent consultation.

    Highways England is proposing to replace the Black Cat roundabout in Bedfordshire with a new, free-flowing junction and create a new 10-mile dual carriageway linking it to a redesigned Caxton Gibbet junction, replacing the only remaining section of single carriageway …

    February 11th 2020
  • EEH welcomes TWAO announcement

    Today (Tuesday 4 February) the Secretary of State for Transport approved Network Rail’s Transport and Works Act Order application, granting permission for work to begin on the next phase of East West Rail.

    The TWAO grants permission for track and signalling upgrades between Bicester, Bedford, Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, including reinstating a disused section of railway between Bletchley and Claydon Junction, north of Aylesbury Vale Parkway.

    Mayor Dave Hodgson, Chair …

    February 11th 2020
  • EEH welcomes East West Rail Central Section announcement

    England's Economic Heartland has welcomed the East West Railway Company's announcement on its preferred route between Bedford and Cambridge (January 30).

    Following last year's public consultation, 'Route E' ("Bedford Midland – south of St Neots/ Tempsford area – Cambourne – Cambridge") has been selected by the East West Railway Company as the route of the scheme's 'central section', which connects to the 'western section' between Oxford and Bedford, and Aylesbury …

    January 30th 2020
  • Strong case for existing operator to provide initial East West Rail services

    There is a strong case for services on East West Rail's 'western section' to initially be provided by an existing operator rather than Government seeking to let a franchise, according to England's Economic Heartland.

    With the section between Oxford and Bedford and Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, due to open in the early 2020s, EEH believes there is a pressing need for clarity over how services will be operated.

    And with …

    December 19th 2019
  • MARTIN TUGWELL BLOG: Please join the conversation on Outline Transport Strategy

    Today marks a month since England’s Economic Heartland’s third regional conference, where we launched our Outline Transport Strategy.

    This marked the start of a period of engagement with people and businesses on the challenges and opportunities that exist across the Heartland – and I’d encourage people to let us know their views by emailing

    At the heart of the strategy is its vision – ‘connecting people and places with …

    September 16th 2019
  • Road improvement schemes submitted to Government

    More than £700m worth of road investment priorities in and around the Oxford to Cambridge Arc have been submitted to Government by regional body England's Economic Heartland.

    The schemes – which include junction improvements, capacity upgrades and new relief roads - would reduce congestion and improve journey times, helping to realise the region's immense economic potential, which Government has made a national priority.

    EEH's submission follows a request from Government …

    September 13th 2019
  • ICE recommendations merit further exploration

    The Institution of Civil Engineers today published its State of the Nation report which sets out a series of interventions for better integrating the planning and delivery of housing and infrastructure.   

    EEH Programme Director, Martin Tugwell, said: "The ICE's State of the Nation report makes for some very interesting reading.

    "In particular, the recommendation for Sub-national Transport Bodies to become Strategic Infrastructure Bodies - with a co-ordinating …

    September 10th 2019
  • Sustainable Transport for Counties initiative launched to tackle transport issues in England’s Economic Heartland

    An initiative to tackle the transport problems facing districts and counties outside the big cities was launched by the University for Hertfordshire's new Smart Mobility Research Unit at the England's Economic Heartland conference on July 16.

    The researchers will hold a series of roundtables with transport and planning policymakers, focusing on the transport issues facing counties outside of large metropolitan areas that have high car ownership and poor public transport …

    July 17th 2019
  • Study identifies priorities for freight and logistics

    A major study into freight and logistics in and around the Oxford to Cambridge Arc has identified a number of priorities for the region, including improving strategic road access, maximising the use of rail freight, and encouraging investment in greener technology.

    The study by England's Economic Heartland (EEH), was unveiled at its annual conference in Hertfordshire yesterday (July 16), and will be a major input into its overarching Transport Strategy. …

    July 17th 2019
  • England’s Economic Heartland launches Outline Transport Strategy at annual conference

    A wide-ranging debate on the future of transport in and around the Oxford to Cambridge Arc has been launched by England's Economic Heartland (EEH), as it unveiled its Outline Transport Strategy:Framework for Engagement at its annual conference in Hertfordshire yesterday (July 16).

    The Sub-national Transport Body will now engage with a wide variety of people and organisations about how the transport system can help achieve transformational economic growth, while …

    July 17th 2019