Innovation

Our region is home to world leading science and technology innovators who are developing the connectivity solutions of the future.

EEH will strengthen engagement with regional partners in universities, research facilities ad the private sector, to maximise the use of ‘living laboratories’ as a means of trialling innovation in the region at scale and speed.

Working together, proposals will be developed that encourage the scaling up of trials to the regional level at the earliest opportunity.

The region is a leader in the development of the technology associated with the use of electric vehicles and connected autonomous vehicles, technology that has the potential to be a key part of our transport system moving forward.

The work underway in and around Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Milton Keynes provides the region with access to experience on which it can build. Delivering new approaches, ownership and business models that facilitate access to transport is a key part of the transition to net zero. ‘Mobility as a service’ (MaaS), car clubs, demand responsive transport (DRT) and shared mobility (including micro mobility) will be supported where appropriate.

As new forms of mobility emerge and are tested, we will review the transport strategy’s travel hierarchy to ensure it continues to be relevant/ fit for transport users.

The availability of fixed and mobile digital infrastructure is central to enabling the region to exploit its leadership in innovation in the transport sector to the full. Not only is digital infrastructure critical to the collection and use of the data underpinning user‑focused services, it also offers the potential to help reduce the need for travel in the first place.

Harnessing the potential of our business community in the development of new solutions and businesses will not only benefit the region, it will also provide the UK with a competitive edge.

During the period of the 2022-2025business plan, we will...

  • Collaborate on the future of mobility with the region’s innovators in business, academia and local government. This includes developing a pump prime fund to support collaborative bid development on common challenges and priorities.
  • Ensure a continuous approach to sharing learning and experience, to ensure new opportunities are strengthened by lessons learnt from the past. Through the continuing work of EEH innovation working group, facilitate a community of best practice for EEH local authorities, and enable a flow of information between them and the region’s private sector innovators and universities.

Board/ Forum papers

Item 6 Innovation Strategic Transport Leadership Board 150722

Agenda Item 6 Innovation Work Stream Strategic Transport Leaders Board 13052022

Agenda Item 3 Innovation 160318.pdf

Agenda Item 8 EEH Innovation Working 280617.pdf