Connecting People, Transforming Journeys was submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport in February 2021, enabling the region’s priorities to shape investment decisions going forwards, as well as being the foundation for EEH to work with its partners, growth boards and national initiatives, including the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.
The strategy was developed by EEH’s Strategic Transport Forum of political and business leaders, informed by a robust body of technical evidence and the Integrated Sustainability Appraisal, and shaped by two rounds of public engagement with its partners, stakeholders, residents and businesses, ensuring it represents the priorities of the region.
Its overarching aim is to support sustainable economic growth with an ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions from transport by 2040, ten years ahead of the legal requirement of 2050. By drawing on the region’s strengths in science and technology innovation, we believe we can set ourselves this more challenging ambition, responding positively to a clear message from our consultation.
Enabling growth in a way that improves the environment requires a fundamental switch in the way the region’s transport system is planned and delivered.