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  • Decarbonisation report sets out scale of challenge facing Heartland

    The scale of the transport decarbonisation challenge facing the region and the ways in which it can be addressed are detailed in a new report commissioned by England’s Economic Heartland (EEH).

    The baseline report, released to coincide with ‘transport day’ at the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow, marks the completion of the first phase of EEH’s work on a decarbonisation roadmap for the region.

    It presents 15 key findings …

    November 10th 2021
  • EEH Chair: I’ll soon be meeting the minister for transport decarbonisation – here’s what I plan to discuss with her

    In October I wrote to ministers congratulating them on the transport decarbonisation plan and what we as a region can do to turn its ambitions into reality.

    I’m delighted that the minister responsible for transport decarbonisation, Trudy Harrison MP, has agreed to meet with me to discuss this in more depth.

    England’s Economic Heartland’s transport strategy has an ambition to reach net zero by as early as 2040. As the …

    November 10th 2021
  • 'Transport for the Shires' report published

    A report which examined transport issues in more rural shire counties, which was co-sponsored by England's Economic Heartland, has been published by the University of Hertfordshire.

    The The Future of Transport Outside Cities report summarises the findings of 12 roundtable discussions led by the University of Hertfordshire’s Smart Mobility Unit last year. Over 180 people took part from a range of sectors, including national and local government, the transport sector, …

    November 2nd 2021
  • EEH reaction to Spending Review 2021

    Cllr Richard Wenham, Chair of England’s Economic Heartland, said:

    "EEH’s Spending Review submission, informed by the region’s transport strategy, set out the investment required to support sustainable economic growth and a decarbonised transport system. Our ask included the need to continue to maintain delivery of East West Rail in its entirety to Cambridge and Aylesbury by 2030. As a net contributor to the Exchequer, investment in the region’s infrastructure …

    October 27th 2021
  • Job opportunities at EEH

    It’s a great time to join our team as we deliver the ambitious programme of work in support of the region’s transport strategy, published in February 2021. 

    EEH’s work is about delivering a challenging agenda at pace: focusing on enabling growth, achieving net-zero carbon and realising a step change in connectivity for the region’s residents, communities and businesses.

    We're currently recruiting for the following roles:

    October 21st 2021
  • 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