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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Call for evidence launched for Oxford-Milton Keynes and Peterborough-Northampton-Oxford connectivity studies

    England’s Economic Heartland has launched a ‘call for evidence’ to inform the development of its connectivity studies between Oxford and Milton Keynes; and Peterborough, Northampton and Oxford.

    The connectivity studies will take the policies set out in the transport strategy and apply them ‘on the ground’. The output of the studies will be an evidence-based joined-up package of investment that reflects the step-change in approach required to achieve net zero …

    June 1st 2021
  • Plan for Rail is a 'watershed moment'

    England’s Economic Heartland has welcomed publication of the Williams-Shapps Plan For Rail.

    Mayor Dave Hodgson, Chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic Transport Forum, said: “This is a watershed moment for our nation’s railways.

    “We welcome Government’s long-term commitment to rail through the creation of an integrated body. This provides the opportunity to ensure rail’s potential is maximised and allows us to work with our partners to align investment in local …

    May 19th 2021
  • EEH Programme Director Martin Tugwell to join TfN

    England’s Economic Heartland Programme Director Martin Tugwell has been appointed as Transport for the North’s new chief executive.

    Martin, who joined EEH in 2015 and is currently President of the CIHT, will remain in post until the end of July.

    Mayor Dave Hodgson, Chair of EEH Strategic Transport Forum, said: “I’d like to congratulate Martin on his new role. He has played an instrumental role in establishing EEH as the …

    April 19th 2021
  • EEH welcomes Company's second East West Rail consultation

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    England's Economic Heartland has welcomed the launch today of the East West Railway Company's second non-statutory consultation.

    Martin Tugwell, Programme Director at England's Economic Heartland, said: "We welcome the launch of this consultation as another important step towards delivering East West Rail, which is identified in our Transport Strategy as the single biggest opportunity for our region.

    "It will act as a catalyst for improving public transport right across the …

    March 31st 2021
  • EEH welcomes A428 progress

    Plans to improve the A428 between the A1 Black Cat roundabout in Bedfordshire and the A428 Caxton Gibbet roundabout in Cambridgeshire moved a step closer today, after Highways England’s proposals were formally accepted by the Planning Inspectorate for examination.

    The Planning Inspectorate will now start the process of a full examination of Highways England’s proposals before deciding whether to grant a Development Consent Order, which will help to inform the …

    March 24th 2021