The Norfolk and Suffolk Economic Strategy seeks to build the right kind of housing and commercial space where it is needed and integrate utility, road, rail and green infrastructure to build the communities and places people want to live.
Click here to see where we have already invested in infrastructure to date.
A modern and efficient transport system is key to our future success. We need a number of vital improvements to deliver a fully-integrated transport network throughout the region.
New Anglia LEP is working hard with partners in businesses, local authorities and education institutions to make us a mobile and accessible world-class economy.
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Integrated Transport Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk
The Integrated Transport Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk was adopted by the New Anglia LEP board and partners in summer 2018. It sets out our ambitions, our collective goals for delivery and how we might see them brought to fruition. You can read the Integrated Transport Strategy here.
Evidence was gathered from both the Norfolk and Suffolk Economic Strategy Evidence Report and the East Integrated Transport Strategy: Development of Long-Term Economic Scenarios Report
Transport groups that the LEP is a part of include:
Transport Board - The New Anglia Transport Board provides guidance and leadership regarding transport-related investment decisions. They also provide recommendations to the LEP board over capital investment projects.
Great Eastern Rail Campaign - New Anglia LEP is leading the Great Eastern Rail Campaign for investment on the Norwich to London main line.
Transport East - New Anglia LEP is part of Transport East, a forum that will shape the area’s transport ambitions. The forum includes local councils, Highways England, Network Rail and Local Enterprise Partnerships as well as other strategic partners such as ports, airports, rail and bus operators from across the East of England.
Transport East will ensure that our transport network:
- is innovative and prepared for future developments
- enables housing growth
- enables the efficient and effective movement of people and goods to boost economic growth
- ensures that growth in the East is sustainable, encompassing all forms of transport including, public transport, walking and cycling.
- ensures that the East of England is a place where people want to live, work and visit,
- enables people to live independently and to make the most of opportunities as they arise
You can find out more about Transport East, and see details of its meetings, here.
New East West Rail Eastern Section Rail Prospectus
The East West Rail Eastern Section Rail Prospectus sets out the economic and growth opportunities that can be realised by providing better rail connectivity between Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge with Milton Keynes, Oxford and beyond.
The prospectus has been developed by local authorities in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire in conjunction with New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and the East West Rail Consortium. Through better rail connectivity, the three counties have the potential to improve economic performance, grow industries, create new jobs, and enable housing growth, as well as reduce road congestion and long journey times.
The rail route between Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge already exists and will form the Eastern Section of the East West Rail link – a new rail route which will connect the Eastern Section via Cambridge and Bedford (known as the Central Section) with Aylesbury, Milton Keynes and Oxford (the Western Section).
Work is progressing on delivering the Western Section and a route is being determined for the Central Section, but the Eastern Section urgently needs upgrading before the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire can reach their full economic potential and play their part in forming a strategic rail route from East to West.
Eastern Section stakeholders will be working with East West Rail Consortium partners, Members of Parliament, businesses, national bodies and Government organisations to drive forward the improvements needed to support increased passenger rail frequencies, reduce journey times and support more freight on rail.
Broadband and Digital Connectivity
The Economic Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk seeks to improve digital connectivity, with a focus on super-fast broadband in rural areas and reliable mobile phone coverage for those travelling around the region.
We have invested in the rollout of superfast broadband across Norfolk and Suffolk.
Through our Growth Deal, we have invested £10 million in projects in both counties to support an increase in the extensive network of fibre cables and roadside cabinets to enable homes and businesses to have access to faster broadband.
To find out more and to check the available broadband speed for your postcode, visit:
Local Energy East
BEIS funding was secured in March 2017, for a tri-LEP Network and Strategy, with supporting evidence base, covering the New Anglia, Greater Cambridge and Peterborough and Hertfordshire LEP areas, and their constituent local authorities. The Local Energy Strategy is based upon baseline information and was subject to local authority and partner endorsement.
The key thematic priorities identified in the Strategy period to 2030 are as follows:
- Clean Economic Growth
- Housing Growth and Commercial Site Infrastructure;
- Secure, Affordable Low Carbon Consumption; and
- Clean Transport Networks including Electric Vehicles.
The download the Strategy please click here
The Strategy is considered to be complementary to other initiatives such as those led by the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) and Local Authorities and complements the Economic Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk.
A supporting Delivery Plan will be developed and aligned to the Norfolk and Suffolk Economic Strategy. It will aim to deliver and facilitate actions in the following areas:
- business, domestic and public sector retrofit and demand reduction;
- electricity generation, storage, supply and distribution;
- heat generation and distribution; and
- transport and wider energy demand reduction.
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The Greater South East Energy Hub
The Greater South East Energy Hub is one of five regional Energy Hubs in England. The Energy Hubs aim to provide support to bring investment into local, low-carbon energy infrastructure projects and to make strategic links between local institutions.
The Energy Hub works on behalf of Local Enterprise Partners (LEPs) and their member Local Authorities. There are 11 LEPs in the Greater South East. Each LEP has produced a Local Energy Strategy that informs the work of the Energy Hub.
Working in collaboration with the Local Enterprise Partnerships, the core areas of work for the Energy Hub include:
• Identifying local energy projects in the region and any barriers to project development.
• Increasing the number, quality and scale of local, low-carbon energy projects being delivered across the area.
• Sharing information, assisting collaboration and expanding the scale of projects.
• Raising local awareness of the opportunity for, and benefits of, local energy investment.
• Enabling local areas to attract private and/or public finance.
The Energy Hub team has been working with stakeholders to develop a regional pipeline of priority projects. The team are also addressing common barriers to project development and improving the conditions for local energy projects to be successful.
The Energy Hub is governed by a regional Board with representation from each Local Enterprise Partnership and is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).