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Update (July 2022)

EEH's third connectivity study, covering the areas of Swindon, Didcot and Oxford, has now commenced.

It will seek to identify interventions and solutions to improve connectivity (physical or digital), building upon the policy framework set out in our transport strategy.

A call for evidence ran until March 28 2022. The outputs of the call for evidence has fed into the study evidence base.

Working with the study steering group, the study's objectives and critical success factors have been set. The critical success factors set by the steering group are:

• Improved digital infrastructure reduces the need to travel

• The carbon emissions of transport are reduced to zero by 2050

• Improved transport connectivity enables sustainable and high-quality development growth, helping to address inequalities and accessibility issues

• A high quality, integrated and accessible transport network connects the studies centres of strategic importance and strategic economic assets

• Rural communities are well connected to key opportunities by the public transport network

• The transport network supports safe and sustainable distribution of goods within and through the study area

• Active travel mode share of journeys within and to/ from our towns and cities increases

The study evidence base has already been established and the next step in the project is identification of the long list before we move on to the shortlisting and modelling of options.

The Swindon-Didcot-Oxford explainer (originally created to help people respond to the call for evidence) provides useful background to the study.