EEH Programme Director Martin Tugwell to join TfN

April 19th 2021

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 region’s Sub-national Transport Body, culminating in the publication of our Transport Strategy earlier this year. Work will now begin on appointing Martin’s successor to drive forward the implementation of the Transport Strategy, ensuring our region has a world class transport system which supports economic growth while cutting emissions.”

Martin said: “It’s been a privilege to work with the Heartland’s political and business leaders over the last six years and to help make EEH what it is today. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with EEH and am immensely proud of what we’ve achieved. At the heart of our success is the talented group of professionals that make up the EEH business unit. I know that they will continue to push the boundaries and work with our partners to deliver our Transport Strategy to the benefit of our communities and businesses.”

Transport for the North and England’s Economic Heartland are among seven sub-national transport bodies covering the entirety of England outside of London. The Department for Transport regards STBs as the regional partnerships it works with to plan and deliver strategic transport infrastructure in support of economic growth.