FREE WEBINAR: Hosted by the South East region in partnership with the CIHT Technical and Policy team - Introducing the Heartland Transport Strategy.
Get ahead of the competition and discover how the strategy will transform the region and shape its future.
With globally-renowned strengths in science and technological innovation, the Heartland region – stretching from Swindon across to Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire down to Hertfordshire - is a vital asset for the UK, both during its recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and in the decades that follow.
But its success cannot be taken for granted. Transforming the way the region connects its people and businesses is fundamental to its future.
This step-change in approach runs through the core of England’s Economic Heartland’s Transport Strategy, which is being published by the Sub-national Transport Body on July 14th for consultation.
Hear from the EEH team, including CIHT President Martin Tugwell, about the draft Transport Strategy and the technical work which underpins it, including how it will:
• Use the need to decarbonise our transport system as the opportunity to harness innovation and deliver solutions that in themselves generate economic growth
• Champion investment in digital infrastructure as a means of improving connectivity, particularly within rural communities, in order to reduce the need to travel
• Use delivery of East West Rail as the catalyst for the transformation of strategic public transport networks, investing in those networks to connect economic assets and communities in a shared endeavour that unlocks added value.
• Champion increased investment in active travel and shared transport solutions to improve local connectivity
• Ensure freight and logistic needs continue to be met whilst lowering the environmental impact of their delivery.
Martin Tugwell, EEH Programme Director: Transport Strategy - Introduction / Setting out context for the strategy.
James Golding-Graham, EEH Innovation Manager - Decarbonising transport system: Setting out how we’ve worked with Oxford and Southampton universities on our Pathways to Decarbonisation document and came up with the two pathways to net zero which are featured in the Transport Strategy.
Antony Swift, EEH Project Lead - Rail: Setting out initial work on Passenger Rail Study with Network Rail and what its shown us in terms of the three ‘arcs’ of opportunity across the region.
Abi Nichols EEH Project Lead - Connectivity studies: Details on EEH’s programme of connectivity studies and how the corridors chosen and will be ‘living embodiment’ of the strategy
Martin Tugwell, EEH Programme Director: Transport Strategy: How the technical studies underpin strategy: Summarising how technical studies have underpinned the strategy’s policies and investment pipeline
The England’s Economic Heartland event will advise and inform individuals working in private and public sectors, about the thinking behind the newly launched EEH outline transport strategy and its future strategic aims. The programme hopes to provide a framework for feedback with individuals and businesses operating in the sector. This is both about the future of the regions transport system and is part of a series looking at the key role of strategic regional transport planning in England.
Martin Tugwell has over 30 years of experience in strategic transport and infrastructure planning whilst operating at national, regional and local levels. He is Director for England’s Economic Heartland – a Strategic Alliance of County and Unitary Councils and Local Enterprise Partnerships that stretches from Swindon and Oxfordshire through Milton Keynes across Cambridgeshire and from Northamptonshire across to Luton and Hertfordshire.
Martin’s leadership on strategic planning at the regional level created the first Regional Transport Strategy for the South East and contributed to the South East Plan, having previously worked in the Government Office for the South East. Whilst working for Oxfordshire County Council he helped lay the foundations for the ambitious plans set out in Oxfordshire’s Strategic Economic Plan, having previously helped establish the Local Enterprise Partnership.
Martin is a Chartered Engineer, has been involved in CIHT for 30 years and has served as CIHT Vice President, a Trustee, a past chair the Institution’s Learned Society and Technical Board and as a member of CIHT’s Council. He a Fellow of CIHT and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is a past Chairman of the Transport Planning Society and a Council member for the National Infrastructure Planning Association.
Building on a business and academic background in energy, sustainability and climate change, James now focuses on delivering innovation, mobility and decarbonisation in the public sector. As the innovation and decarbonisation lead for England’s Economic Heartland, he works to facilitate the application of technology to the challenges of driving decarbonisation whilst improving connectivity and journey experience across the region.
Antony Swift is Project Lead for England’s Economic Heartland. With an academic background in social science and transport planning, his eight-year career planning transport in local government has galvanised his passion for people, places and policy. He has led on key technical studies that underpin EEH’s Draft Transport Strategy, focusing on the way people, goods and services move efficiently and sustainably around the Heartland. He looks forward to continuing his exciting career in transport in which inclusivity, accessibility and the end user will be at its core
Abi joined the EEH team in 2019 and has been working to deliver the Integrated Sustainability Appraisal associated with EEH’s Draft Transport Strategy and develop a programme of Connectivity Studies.
Previous to joining EEH Abi worked in Local Government roles for 11 years. She began her career working as a transport graduate on a Local Authority scheme and progressed to roles in sustainable travel and transport strategy and policy.
Abi has also spent time working the rail industry, gaining valuable experience of ‘on the ground’ rail delivery.
Stretching from Swindon to Cambridgeshire and from Northamptonshire to Hertfordshire, England’s Economic Heartland brings political and business leaders together in a strategic collaborative partnership with a shared commitment to realise the region's economic potential.
They provide the region’s voice on strategic infrastructure and services. The leadership is focused on addressing barriers to realising our potential.
• They are the Sub-national Transport Body for the region. Their overarching Transport Strategy will be a 30 year strategic vision for the transport system that puts the needs of businesses and individuals at the forefront of investment decisions
• Their work on wider strategic infrastructure focuses on making sure investment in transport, digital and utilities infrastructure is ‘joined up’
• Their work with their delivery partners is focused on identifying investment priorities, getting the funding secured and then delivering improvements to budget and on-time.