New Anglia Transport Board
Connecting the East, Accessing the World
9.30-11.00am, Tuesday 25th August 2020 - Virtual Teams
Welcome and introductions
Minutes and matters arising
New Anglia LEP Recovery Plan
Laura Waters
Restart plan published
Rebuild plan timeline
Strategic Connections
What are the recovery and rebuild opportunities?
How do we improve perception of the region?
What do we need to do to deliver quicker and reliable
Ely Communications Actions
Hayley Mace
Progress to date
Key messages
Next actions
Transport East update
Strategy development progress
Any other business
Forward Plan and items for next meeting
Date of next meeting - TBC
Officer Contact
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New Anglia Transport Board
Assessing impact and Recovery Plan
Meeting Note
9.30-11.00am, Tuesday 2nd June 2020 - Virtual Teams meeting
Board attendance:
Ali Clabburn
Andrew Chillingsworth
GT Railway
Andrew Harston
AB Ports
Andrew Reid
Suffolk County Council
Andrew Summers
Transport East
Andy Walker
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
Carmen Szeto
Carolyn Barnes
East Suffolk
Chris Soule
David Cumming
Norfolk County Council
Doug Field
New Anglia LEP
Graeme Mateer
Suffolk County Council
Cllr Graham Plant
Norfolk district representative
James Bradley
Network Rail
Jonathan Cage
Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
Jonathan Denby
Greater Anglia
Jonathan Rudd
New Anglia LEP
Karen Chapman
Suffolk Growth Programme Board
Laura Waters
New Anglia LEP
Cllr Martin Wilby
Norfolk district representative
Nova Fairbank
Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
Paul Ager
Associated British Ports
Paul Davey
Hutchison Ports
Paul Horne
Suffolk County Council
Paul Martin
First Buses
Cllr Phil Smart
Suffolk district representative
Richard Pace
Norwich Airport
Richard Perkins
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
Simon Amor
Highways England
Steve Bryce
Ipswich Buses
Suzanne Buck
Suffolk County Council
John Dugmore
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
Jonathan Oates
Patrick Ladbury
GT Railway
West Suffolk
Sara Noonan
Steve Wickers
First Buses
Norfolk district representative
Stuart Clancy
Minutes and matters arising
The previous minutes were accepted as a true record.
An update was provided on the action from the February meeting to develop an influencing strategy for Ely. The
Strategic Outline Business Case has been submitted to Government with a decision on funding to progress to next
stage likely to be announced in July. Communications is on the agenda to be discussed at the next Ely taskforce
meeting and the New Anglia LEP and Transport East will also be attending the next meeting of the Ely
communications working group. Network Rail are working with the DfT on making the case to the treasury but there is
a need for coordinated pressure over the summer to accelerate activity.
Impact of Coronavirus
LW presented paper summarising the impacts Covid-19 has had on various modes of transport, which will help in
understanding the most critical areas and identify interventions for restart and rebuild phases of recovery planning.
Key updates and feedback:
Transport will need to adapt to how businesses operate differently with working from home and staggered working
hours with the need to understand new commuter patterns. We need to balance the reopening of the economy with
maintaining the benefits seen during the lockdown such as improved air quality.
Increased working from home has demonstrated need for better broadband. Market towns and cities are implementing
measures to reopen safely on June 15th including guides/helpers to give confidence to shoppers. NCC received £400k
towards these measures and Local Authorities have also received funding.
All three ABP ports at Ipswich, Lowestoft and Kings Lynn have operated normally throughout the period since the end
of March and this had also been the case at Felixstowe.
Major issue for airports is the 14-day quarantine restriction, lobbying is taking place to refine the parameters of this
including air bridges and testing on arrival. Domestic flights restarting in July. Opportunity around regional
connectivity, currently public service obligation routes are focussed around London, but this is an opportunity to
connect all regions.
Bus operators are facing challenges, number of passengers reduced to 10-15% of normal levels and services have
been reduced to reflect this. Key routes for employment and access to hospital have been maintained. Peak services
will be increased to align with easing of lockdown restrictions. Social distancing measures do significantly decrease
capacity and will now have to see if buses can cope with passenger numbers.
All that can be done in terms of funding and support for buses is being undertaken and similar to other operators in not
knowing what patterns will look like as lockdown restrictions are eased. Difference between rail and buses,
government has an obligation in worst case to step in support rail, but this is not the case for buses. Based on this we
should lobby for grants and support for buses.
Can the bus and rail operators be financially supported until such a time when passenger numbers make services
viable? There is a definite need for a rural transport network in our area, but could some modelling work be
undertaken to understand the level of support needed? Reports that businesses may want to relocate from London to
areas such as Norfolk and Suffolk. As noted above it is a positive that cycling has increased but with cars returning to
the roads a communication/safety campaign is needed around cycling safety on the roads.
Active travel will be a key part of recovery; Ipswich needs improved cycle lanes which has been discussed with
Transport East.
Minimal rail services at the start of lockdown these have now increased since Mid-May. Similarly, to buses social
distancing at its current levels does create a capacity issue. Since February, all new trains in place which has provided
increased capacity. Once the restrictions are lifted there is a shift from discouraging anything but essential travel to
encouraging journeys, these journeys are going to involve public confidence measures such as face masks.
DfT acted quickly for rail with all operations since March on emergency arrangements with the provision to extend,
working with DfT to anticipate changing patterns and take the opportunity to plan positively.
Thameslink and Great Northern lines: minor step-up in service on 15 June and bigger increase in services from early
Need increased uptake of broadband, Government has bought in grants for businesses/homes for full fibre to
premises, which the county councils will lead on. A focus on strategic road projects and more improvements are
needed on smaller roads to support businesses in these areas. Norfolk County Council just received £22m from the
Pothole Fund which will be used to improve all our roads including rural ones.
Given the reduced capacity on public transport and messages about its usage, it is likely that increased car use at
least temporarily is likely during the recovery period. Currently the safest option to maintain social distancing is to use
your own car and a strong communications strategy is needed to get people using public transport again. The
communications will also need to stress that short trips can be undertaken by walking/cycling, especially in towns.
Social distancing has also had a big impact on viability of services and airlines have no direct support from
government. Agree with the opportunity mentioned earlier about the draw from London to Norfolk and Suffolk and
promoting the Norwich to Amsterdam gateway.
Liftshare has undertaken a survey of members which found: a significant increase in working from home, car use
returning to 60% of normal levels and in longer term up to 80%, public transport usage not picking up until later in the
year and car sharing levels have remained steady. Liftshare are working with businesses in getting staff back to work
using data to mobilise the workforce.
Action: ACl to circulate Liftshare commuter survey
The Chair welcomed these comments and how these will feed into the New Anglia LEP recovery plan work.
Transport East Update
AS briefly introduced himself and his role as strategy director of Transport East. AS summarised the Transport East
100-day plan, four proposed work packages and next steps for activity. The priority is to get a strategy in place, which
clearly sets out the uniqueness of the East to government.
Need to focus on delivery, authorities have campaigned and successfully secured funding for road schemes, but these
are not being delivered. The A47 schemes are a priority for HE and this was reaffirmed in the RIS2.
The County Council is frustrated about the lack of delivery of committed schemes and that no new priorities were
allocated in RIS2. Positively £100m has been recently announced to progress development of Western Link scheme.
In securing the funding and delivery of schemes we need to be one strong voice.
The number one objective should be to secure funding for this region and Transport East needs to be outward looking
and strategic in its thinking. This region needs its share of the levelling up debate. Need to ensure businesses are
aware of Transport East and the Chambers can help promote its role and activities to the wider business community.
We are clear on the rail priorities for the New Anglia area but need constructive and effective pressure to get projects
Engagement with Transport East on airports would be welcomed.
AS: Welcomes this feedback and the investment/delivery part of the strategy will be key and agrees Transport East
needs to project itself as a substantial body, increasing its profile with ministers to focus on this region.
Action: Transport East to be added as a standing update item
New Anglia LEP Recovery Plan
LW presented paper setting out the approach to preparing the plan and the phases of response, restart and recovery.
The economic recovery plan will be circulated the 8th June and due to tight timescales comments will need to be
received by mid-day on the 11th June.
In the evidence base section, it sets out that the statistical impact on the economy will not be available for some time
and baseline data will start to be available from Spring 2021. Can we gather data sooner than this to inform recovery
plan? New Anglia LEP are utilising Metro Dynamics to provide a small amount of specialist support, particularly to look
ahead to how emerging trends but will check when this will be available.
Board supports the development of the plan.
Action: LW to check with economic impact lead when emerging trends data will be available and what it will cover
Action: LW circulate economic recovery plan on the 8th June
Action: All to provide comments on the plan by mid-day 11th June to LW
New Anglia LEP Sub Board Reporting
LW presented paper on the New Anglia LEP Sub Board reporting process and proposed updates on activity.
Needs to be updated to include Transforming Cities Fund bid was resubmitted last Friday, seeking £32m in funding
and should hear if successful in July.
Board agreed (once updated to reflect updates from today’s meeting) to the table of activities and actions.
Any other business
Forward plan - Connecting the East, Accessing the World: Ports and airports, Strategic road network and Strategic
Date of next meeting - 9.30am, 25 August 2020, virtual meeting or at Endeavor House
New Anglia Transport Board
Tuesday 25th August 2020
Agenda Item 3
New Anglia LEP Recovery Plan
Author: Laura Waters
This paper provides a summary of the New Anglia LEP economic recovery plan work, with
the recently published Restart Plan being the first of a two-stage economic recovery plan for
our area.
The restart plan is focussed on the short-term actions required for the next six months, agile
and evolving as the full impacts of lockdown become clear and has been developed by a
range of partners. The restart plan was published in June and in the autumn, this plan will
be followed by our Renew Plan - a longer-term plan for jobs and sustainable growth which
will also serve to support the Government national recovery plan.
The renew plan looks to a longer-term horizon of 3-5 years and will include activities to
rebuild the economy which builds on the Economic Strategy and Local Industrial Strategy
and responds to long term changes brought about by the pandemic.
The Transport Board is asked to:
Support the development of the renew plan and consider the opportunities and actions
for the rebuild phase of recovery.
Develop a plan that accelerates the economic recovery from the impacts of Covid-19 across
Norfolk and Suffolk which builds upon the Economic Strategy and Local Industrial Strategy.
This Restart Plan is the first of a two-stage economic recovery plan for our area. It will
support businesses, individuals, communities, anchor institutions and further and higher
education providers to start trading and living life with confidence, in an environment
dominated by social distancing and economic uncertainty, as quickly and safely as possible.
The Restart Plan is:
Short-term - It focuses on actions for the next six months. It outlines measures to help
those who lose their jobs, young people seeking work and businesses and entrepreneurs
who require support, assisting the different sectors which make up our economy - especially
those hit hardest by the crisis.
Agile and evolving - Our approach will evolve as the full impacts of the lockdown become
clear. Actions will be regularly reviewed to ensure they remain relevant and further measures
will be developed where necessary.
Multi-partner, multi-level - This plan has been developed and will be delivered by range of
partners. It complements local public sector recovery plans and those being developed by
other institutions as well as individual businesses and sectors. Many actions will be funded
from existing budgets, re-prioritising where necessary. However, we are clear that the scale
of the task will require further Government investment, alongside private sector, and local
We are determined to rebuild a better future for our economy, working with government and
focusing on more sustainable and inclusive economic growth. In the autumn, this plan will be
followed by our Renew Plan - a longer-term plan for jobs and sustainable growth which will
also serve to support the Government national recovery plan.
Evidence Base
The New Anglia LEP and the Norfolk and Suffolk Offices of Data Analytics (NODA and
SODA) have worked to gather data sets and other statistical evidence to support the plan.
This has been supplemented by Metro Dynamics, which has helped to develop an evidence
base, which is predominantly based on an analysis of the sectors which are the focal point of
the Economic Recovery Plan. It is covers:
1. What we know so far - information on the national context
2. Assessing local impacts - information on what is happening at a local level, split by local
authority where possible
3. Impacts on businesses - information on what is happening in Norfolk and Suffolk’s
4. Scenario modelling - projections of what may happen to Norfolk and Suffolk’s economy
and labour market in best / middle / worst case scenarios, and assessments of major risks
and implications for the sectors included in the Recovery Plan.
Key findings from this evidence include:
Unemployment has the potential to peak at 202,150 (26.1%) in the worst-case
scenario, whereas in the best case, the peak will be around 50,200 (6.5%)
The use of transit stations decreased at its lowest point to 60% of normal levels in
Norfolk and Suffolk. Suffolk has seen levels recover to around 40% of normal levels
in June 2020 whilst Norfolk was at around 50% of normal levels.
18% jobs at risk in the transportation and storage sector across Norfolk and Suffolk
The sectors most able to work from home are the smaller sectors within Norfolk and
Suffolk. Those larger sectors within the region have found it more difficult to adapt.
Norfolk and Suffolk’s largest sector in terms of employment, wholesale and retail
trade and repair of motor vehicles is set to be hit hard with a 50% fall in projected
output in Q2 2020. The large manufacturing sector is also set to be one of the
hardest hit, with a 55% fall.
Renew Phase
The renewal phase of recovery will need to consider how we can future proof and adapt
infrastructure to the new economic “normal” and ensure we are resilient to any future similar
shocks. The evidence suggests in the best-case scenario the renew phase will begin in the
autumn of 2020 however if recovery takes longer in a worst-case renewal planning may not
begin until the end of 2021.
A large proportion of the feedback on the restart plan related more to rebuild which has
provided a really good base in the development of the rebuild plan. Key areas of
consideration include:
Clean growth - electrification of transport, capturing benefits of active travel and
shifting more freight from road to rail
Improved connectivity - securing investment in strategic routes, accessing global
markets through our ports and airports
Innovation and technology - complete superfast broadband coverage and the
delivery of ultra-fast broadband, deliver 5G coverage and promote the East as being
‘open’ to innovative new technologies, particularly where change could facilitate
Visitor economy - making whole journey reliability and attracting visitors with “easy”
journey planning
It is proposed that an officer led Economy Recovery group (which will be based on a similar
structure to the Economic Strategy Delivery Coordinating Board) will form and take on the
role of Steering Group for the day to day development. This would report into the LEP Board,
the Local Authority Leaders groups and the Norfolk and Suffolk Local Resilience Forum
recovery groups.
The LEP Board, LA Leaders and Sector Chairs will be engaged during the development and
is proposed to be done through a series of briefings and existing meetings to ratify direction
and test the emerging plan.
The Transport Board is asked to:
Support the development of the recovery plan in two phases Restart and Rebuild as
outlined in the paper
New Anglia Transport Board
Tuesday 25th August 2020
Agenda Item 4 Strategic Connections
Norfolk and Suffolk priorities
Author: Laura Waters
This paper outlines the strategic transport connections identified in the Norfolk and Suffolk
Economic Strategy (NSES), Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) and Integrated Transport Strategy (ITS)
and the measures included in the recently published Covid-19 Economic Recovery Restart Plan.
The meeting is asked to consider opportunities to develop our strategic connections in the context
of the “new normal” environment and what actions would help both the local, regional, and national
economy rebuild stronger.
Questions for discussion
The Board are asked to:
Discuss the priorities for strategic connectivity and what will have the greatest impact on
Consider how can the momentum for improved digital connectivity, active travel and green
recovery be utilised for transport improvements?
Consider how clean growth can be incorporated into the development of these strategic
opportunities and the ongoing work of the Transport Board?
The NSES sets out that infrastructure improvements underpin all our priority places and themes and
identified strategic connections:
Felixstowe to Nuneaton rail freight corridor and A14 - Core to the UK’s freight and logistics
Ports at Felixstowe, Ipswich, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and King’s Lynn and airports at
Norwich and Stansted
Rail routes to London and Cambridge
A14, A47, A11 and A12 road connections could further drive growth opportunities for Norfolk
and Suffolk
Strengthening the reliability of high-quality mobile coverage and complete the provision of
high-speed broadband.
The LIS expands on this, exploring the productivity and clean growth gains that can be delivered
along these strategic connections through integrated transport. Highlighting the need to improve
accessibility between our economic centres to provide better access to jobs, education, and
healthcare, encourage the clustering benefits of development and services, and attract inward
Infrastructure objectives
Secure rail improvements,
especially on the key Great
Eastern Main Line, East-West
and Norwich/Kings Lynn and
Cambridge/Stansted corridors,
Felixstowe to the North rail
freight corridor.
Improve reliability, frequency,
journey times and wi-fi, through
the new franchise and capital
investment in rail infrastructure
Further develop the A47, A14,
A11, A10, bypasses to relieve
congestion, improve last mile
connectivity and commuting
transport in our priority places
Strengthening the reliability of
high-quality mobile coverage
Completing the provision of
high-speed broadband
Integrate utility, road, rail,
digital and green infrastructure
to build the communities and
places people want to live
Explore innovative approaches
to infrastructure delivery
The LIS identified opportunities for our strategic transport corridors:
Electrification of transport
Last mile connectivity
Wider innovation in engineering, technology, and business models
Encourage modal shift and active travel
Network efficiency and flexibility
improved digital connectivity
The ITS set out several socioeconomic trends in
2018 that presented both challenges and
opportunities for the East, impacting on how, when, and why we access and use out transport network:
Demographic - A growing and ageing population, many of whom may work longer, the
impacts of net migration and the ongoing trend of urbanisation.
Social - The rise of the sharing economy and the growth in immediacy expectations will impact
the traditional models of transport access, ownership, and use, particularly in younger
Environmental - Impacts of climate change, particularly in low-lying and coastal areas,
scarcity of resources and the role of renewable energy.
Technological - ‘Big Data’, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cognitive thinking, automation and
robotics, propulsion and energy decarbonisation, cheaper and more functional materials, 3D
printing and shared mobility.
Economic - The rise of the gig economy and local manufacturing
Political - Devolution of decision-making, future economic uncertainty regarding national
political decisions, changes in legislation, the impacts of globalisation and the protectionism
of markets.
The ITS focussed on making the most of our advantageous location with respect to accessing global
markets whilst meeting the needs of varied geography: urban centres, market towns, rural and coastal
communities. To achieve these advantages transport needs to:
Improve capacity and journey times, as well as reliability and resilience in times of stress
Support our competitive clusters
Drive social inclusion and skills uplift - access to employment hubs, skills opportunities
through electrification of transport
Adapt to environmental challenges - achieve modal shift, improve air quality
Accommodate ageing population - integrating digital technology
As discussed at the previous Transport Board whilst it is difficult to predict the impact of the pandemic
on transport demand in the longer term, the scale of change that has taken place over the last few
months has presented challenges and uncertainties but also opportunities for new pathways to deliver
transport. The objectives are still those required to develop transport in the East but have morphed
as a result of the “new normal” environment and we need to assess how the changes to transport
during the pandemic have impacted our strategic corridors, what activities will best support the rebuild
phase of recovery and how we can maximise government funding opportunities.
In response to the pandemic the government announced various measures to support the economy:
Supporting Jobs
Introduction of a Job Retention Bonus to help firms keep furloughed workers.
New £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will be launched to create fully subsidised jobs for young
Businesses will be given £2,000 for each new apprentice they hire under the age of 25.
£111 million investment to triple the scale of traineeships in 2020-21.
£17 million of funding to triple the number of sector-based work academy placements in 2020-
£900 million to double the number of work coaches in job centres to 27,000.
A £32 million investment in the National Careers Service.
Creating Jobs
£8.8 billion to be spent on new infrastructure, decarbonisation, and maintenance projects (as
announced in his March Budget and more recently by the Prime Minister last week).
£3 billion green investment package to support around 140,000 green jobs.
£2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme to enable homeowners and landlords to make energy
efficient improvements to their properties.
£1 billion programme to improve energy efficiency in public sector building such as hospitals
and social housing.
Protecting Jobs
The Government will introduce an Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme.
VAT will be cut on most tourism and hospitality-related activities from 20% to 5% from 15 July
until 12 January 2021.
The stamp duty threshold will rise from £125,000 to £500,000 until 31 March 2021.
We need to consider how our strategic transport connections can support these measures and deliver
clean, smart, sustainable, and resilient growth by:
Securing commitment to delivering strategic road, rail and digital improvements that increase
reliability and resilience - strong narrative supporting recovery, clean growth, levelling up and
Utilising improved digital connectivity and the working from home shift
Improving access to employment hubs for young people
Identify training and apprenticeship opportunities - development and construction of major
infrastructure projects, skills for electrification of transport
Where can we most effectively decarbonise our transport network - alternative fuels across
all transport modes, digital solutions, freight to rail, electric vehicle infrastructure, incentivising
public transport
How we can maximise the active travel funding to improve strategic connectivity - linking to
last mile connections in urban centres
Identify how we link our transport connectivity to support visitor economy
- improve
perceptions and setting out “easy” travel options for visitors
Ely Area Capacity
Enhancement programme
What can Norfolk and Suffolk
do to strengthen the case for
Ely is strategically located in
the West Anglia region and
serves routes to and from
Ipswich, Norwich, King’s
Lynn and Peterborough. The
location is a key interchange
for busy commuter and
leisure travellers using the
West Anglia Main Line from
London Liverpool Street and
Stanstead Airport, as well as
Freight routes alongside
Cross-Country commuters.
What role can we play?
• We have our own story to tell - why is this important to our
region? Which priority projects rely on investment at Ely?
• The LEP has invested time and money into the SOBC and
continues to support the Ely taskforce, so our own strong
messages can be part of the wider picture
• We want businesses, MPs and other stakeholders to
understand our message and the full case for investment
• Feeding up into Taskforce and Transport East comms
Why is it important that we
promote the programme?
Ely capacity directly linked to UK’s growth. We can highlight the national benefits
Integral to freight and passenger strategy to 2043, current infrastructure can only support
2019 levels
Ely is the artery of the UKs highest priority rail freight corridor and supply chain
Ely dictates the capacity of the entire route - improvements elsewhere will not increase
70% of containers that arrive at Felixstowe are delivered to Midlands, Manchester, Liverpool
and Yorkshire.
Felixstowe port is committed to rail with an existing 28% modal share, the highest of any UK
301,859 minutes lost at Ely - equivalent of playing 3,354 football matches or 629 work days
Ely is the enabler of government levelling up the north, hitting carbon target and Brexit
• Create infographics highlighting importance of the
work (from previous bullet points - example below)
• Produce a simple factsheet / brochure which we
can share with our MPs, businesses and
• Produce short bulletin update for key partners
• Identify which projects or opportunities will be
impacted by or enhanced by investment in Ely
Timeline for activity
• Announcement expected in autumn 2020 if DfT awards £13.1m
for Ely Core Work
• Announcement from DfT that Ely project can move to Outline
Business Case expected autumn 2020
• Network Rail Ely consultation begins in early autumn 2020
• Communications ahead of Autumn Statement
• Next potential milestone is to push for the renewal of level
crossings between Ely and Ipswich