Connecting East Lincolnshire

26 August, 2021

East Lincolnshire is inescapably peripheral. To the east is the North Sea, to the north the Humber estuary and to the south the Wash. Greengauge 21’s report – Connecting East Lincolnshire  – explores what can be done to improve East Lincolnshire’s connectivity. The report is a case study in meeting the connectivity needs of a rural and coastal area at a time of climate crisis.

Typical of many coastal areas, East Lincolnshire suffers poor scores on public health and life expectancy and has low levels of social mobility. It is hard to attract new businesses and to deter school leavers from moving elsewhere to find employment.

The connectivity challenge facing East Lincolnshire is unlikely to be solved by highway investment. East Lincolnshire has low levels of car ownership and highway investment doesn’t help those without access to a car. Lincolnshire’s poor road accident statistics highlight that highway schemes should prioritise improving safety rather than speeding up traffic and adding capacity to improve connectivity. And there are major challenges ahead to de-carbonise road transport in a car-dominated rural area.

The report highlights that rail re-openings make greatest sense where suitably efficient operating patterns can be developed, creating multiple journey opportunities. In this case, the mainline station at Peterborough can be used as a gateway not only to East Lincolnshire but the economics of the existing Nottingham–Skegness line can be improved as well.

The report also considers the need for on bus/rail integration. The new rail services would complement the InterConnect bus links that provide connections between Louth and Mablethorpe and Mablethorpe and Skegness, for example. Interurban bus services need to be developed between Louth and Grimsby as well. Good interchange and through ticketing between these bus services and trains at key centres such as Louth and Boston need to be part of the thinking about rail service development. And these transport hubs in the network would be a great location to locate charging points for electric cars.

Re-opening Tavistock-Okehampton: why, when and how

18 March, 2019

At a Greengauge 21 seminar at the University of Plymouth on February 28th, we explored with key local stakeholders how a fully integrated public transport network could be developed for the South West. With some exciting rail developments taking place in Cornwall and Devon, three impediments to the progress all stakeholders are seeking emerged:

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How HS2 can power regional economies

4 July, 2017

HS2 – now with Parliamentary Powers – is triggering private sector investment around stations, and not just in major cities.

Stafford and Solihull

By 2026, stations in the historic counties of Staffordshire and Warwickshire will get HS2 services.

The new Stafford Gateway Masterplan would regenerate largely disused land near to Stafford railway station where HS2 services will be operating over existing rail lines. It could provide

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HS2 Employment and Training Opportunities – Latest Report

20 September, 2016

Updating earlier work for for Greengauge 21, Albion Economics has released projections of the jobs and a apprenticeships that HS2 Phase 1 will create. The report explains that 14,400 of these jobs lie in works already out for tender for the main civil engineering works.

The report can be accessed here: HS2 Employment Report

Greengauge 21 response to National Infrastructure Commission call for evidence

6 January, 2016

The new National Infrastructure Commission intends, before next year’s Budget,  to publish on three national challenges:

  1. Improving connectivity between cities in the north of England
  2. Large-scale transport infrastructure improvements in London
  3. Improving how electricity demand and supply are balanced

As part of a process of engagement with government (both local and national), regulators, infrastructure owners and operators, and the wider transport and energy industries, the Commission has put out a call for evidence, which sets out the key questions for each of the three reports. Further details on the consultation can be found here.

Greengauge 21 welcomes the opportunity to respond to the National Infrastructure Commission call for evidence. Our responses are available below:

Greengauge 21 National Infrastructure Commission submission on Northern City Connectivity

Greengauge 21 National Infrastructure Commission submission on London’s Transport Infrastructure

November 2015 marks a major milestone for HS2

8 December, 2015

On November 30th 2015, the Secretary of State for Transport set out the progress being made with HS2, showing strong support in the Spending Review with a revised budget at £55.7bn in updated (2015) prices for the whole project. A raft of papers was released by DfT and HS2 Ltd in support of these announcements.

The Secretary of State identified three major new developments:
1. Confirmation of the Government’s intention to accelerate the route from Fradley in the West Midlands to Crewe (‘Phase 2a’) so that it opens six years earlier than planned, in 2027.
2. The release of Government funding to support the work of the Northern Gateway Partnership2 to develop its growth and regeneration plans.
3. Commitment to the full Y network, with Government undertaking the further technical and economic analysis required for decisions on the rest of the Phase 2 route (‘Phase 2b’) to be made in autumn 2016.

He also announced an improved proposal for the HS2 station at Leeds, which will now be integrated with the existing central Leeds City station.

Our latest publication summarises in turn the key points in relation to Phase 2a, Phase 2b and (briefly) the implications for Phase 1. Download the publication here: November 2015 marks a major milestone for HS2