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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • EEH Chair: Opportunities in 2022 to build on progress towards cutting emissions

    2021 was a good year for England’s Economic Heartland.

    In February, we published the regional transport strategy. Since then, our focus has been on ensuring we have the right tools to deliver the strategy’s ambitions and policies so that our transport system plays a leading role in supporting sustainable economic growth in the region.

    The transport strategy is ambitious. In 2022, I want our focus to be on delivering actions …

    January 6th 2022
  • Join us at STB Conference 2022


    The inaugural Sub-national Transport Bodies Conference is being held at the Vox in Birmingham on 26 May 2022.

    EEH is playing a leading role in organising this high-profile event, which has the support of the Department for Transport and the wider transport sector.

    It will see England’s seven STBs come together and demonstrate our collective strategic leadership on transport infrastructure – and how our …

    December 8th 2021
  • EEH reaction to Union Connectivity Review

    Responding to publication of Sir Peter Hendy's Union Connectivity Review, Cllr Richard Wenham, Chair of England’s Economic Heartland, said: “We welcome recognition of the economic contribution of the towns and cities within the “Fast Growth Cities Group”, five of which – Peterborough, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Swindon – are in the Heartland. The sixth, Norwich, is a key link to the east of the region. It reflects the Heartland’s …

    November 26th 2021