Connecting the East, Accessing the World
Meeting Note
Board attendance:
Paul Ager
Karen Chapman
Helen Corina
David Cumming
Paul Davey
Jonathan Denby
Nova Fairbank
Doug Field
Ellen Goodwin
Paul Horne
Graeme Mateer
Richard Perkins
Jonathan Rudd
Cllr Barry Stone
Steve Thulborn
Andy Walker
Simon Amor
Philip Broadbent-Yale
Jamie Burles
Jonathan Cage
Andrew Harston
Martin Fellowes
Paul Martin
Andrew Mower
Richard Pace
Cllr Graham Plant
Cllr Andrew Reid
Sue Roper
Rajinder Sharma
Chris Soule
Cllr Phil Smart
Associated British Ports
Suffolk Growth Programme Board
Norfolk County Council
Norfolk County Council
Hutchison Ports
Greater Anglia
Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
New Anglia LEP
New Anglia LEP
Suffolk County Council
Suffolk County Council
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
New Anglia LEP
Norfolk County Council
Highways England
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
Highways England
Greater Anglia
Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
Associated British Ports
Highways England
First Buses
Federation of Small Businesses
Norwich Airport
Norfolk district representative
Suffolk County Council
Suffolk County Council
Connected Places Catapult
Suffolk district representative
1. Minutes and matters arising
The previous minutes were accepted as a true record.
2. The importance of port connectivity
PD presented Hutchison Port’s view on the importance of port connectivity.
New Anglia Transport Board
9.30am – 11.30am, Tuesday 19
November 2019
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Key points raised:
The Port of Felixstowe is Britain’s largest container port with more than 40% of all containers coming in and out of
Britain passing through the port.
The port handles 4million TEUs a year, twice that of any other port. 70% of containers coming through
Felixstowe are delivered to the ‘golden triangle’ including the midlands and the north.
2.6million TEUs are transported by road, 1million by rail and 0.5million by sea. Rail modal share has increased
significantly since 2004 with pent up demand for rail being constrained by infrastructure. Rail emissions
compared to road are 76% lower.
The port is well located with respect to the world’s shipping lanes and has a good offer in terms of national
strategic connectivity.
KC asked the group whether they thought more significant private sector investment in infrastructure was likely in the
3. Maritime cluster update
EG updated the Board on the initial discussions regarding establishing a Norfolk and Suffolk Maritime Cluster.
PD noted confusion between Maritime Clusters and Port Economic Partnerships.
ACTION – Ellen to contact DfT to establish similarities and differences.
PD also noted that short sea economics are challenging compared to both road and rail.
Norwich Airport update
Doug Field presented a short update from Norwich Airport on behalf of Richard Pace.
NF commented that it was challenging to garner business buy-in to new routes before they were introduced.
5. BREXIT update
The LEP submits a weekly report to government on a range of factors. Information is obtained through a number
of sources.
The LEP and Growth Hub advisers have signposted businesses to government’s dedicated webpage and encouraged businesses to enhance their overall resilience.
The LEP is looking to ensure that where EU funding is not yet allocated then local projects come forward to
maximise take up for the region and benefit from any opportunities this creates.
The LEP is also engaged in the dialogue with government on the development of the Shared Prosperity Fund – a
“successor fund” for when the UK leaves the EU.
The LEP is also looking, with government, at how to adapt existing programmes of support, both nationally and
locally, to make interventions that help deal with economic shocks or a possible “no deal”.
The Growth Hub has received funding from BEIS to the end of March 2020 for additional staffing resource to
support business preparations on Brexit, with two advisers holding county-wide roles.
The LEP Executive has appointed Metro Dynamics to update the report published in 2017 on the potential
impacts of Brexit for Norfolk and Suffolk. This piece of work will be completed in early January 2020.
Questions for the group:
Are there any businesses that have pulled together a Brexit plan / business resilience plan?
Have businesses assessed the impacts of Brexit? If so, opportunities or negative impacts?
As a sector, what are the key opportunities or main challenges arising from Brexit?
Are there any interventions that you feel are needed as a result of Brexit in the business support landscape?
ACTION – all to feedback relevant intelligence
6. Making the Integrated Transport Strategy happen
Growth Deal
JR presented a paper on the Growth Deal programme. He highlighted concerns regarding the Ely area scheme and
the timelines for business case delivery.
RP queried why timescales had changed so much. JR stated a number of reasons for this including integrating an
appropriate road solution and the number of level crossings in the area.
JD updated the Board on the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) process and stated that the Secretary of
State had queried what could practically be achieved before 2024. JD suggested that this could include established
franchise commitments and some additional freight capacity, but Network Rail need to do their assessment in support
of DfT’s request in order to determine costs and deliverability.
The Board noted that while quick wins were desirable it was important to continue to push the case for the delivery of
the full programme. The Board agreed that a political strategy needed to be defined in order to promote the strategic
case with MPs.
ACTION – update from Network Rail at next meeting
ACTION – LEP Board and Ely Taskforce to consider political strategy next steps
ACTION – DF to write to the new Secretary of State outlining the LEP’s transport priorities
RIS 2 and MRN update
A RIS2 announcement is not now expected until the New Year. Copdock junction has received some early funding to
help advance the feasibility stage of progressing a free flowing A12/A14 slip.
Transport East submitted its priorities for the Major Road Network at the end of July. Both the Barnby Bends and
Long Stratton Bypass schemes have progressed to the next stage with other projects requiring some additional
clarification before a final decision is made.
GEML: new rolling stock to be introduced soon, Norwich in 90/Ipswich in 60 now in service, work ongoing to identify
infrastructure requirements needed on the line, Giles Watling MP the new Taskforce Chair.
Haughley: local commitment has helped to advance the scheme significantly.
Trowse: not needed for GEML until the 2040s but cumulative impact of GEML and east-west connectivity means
improvements are likely to be needed sooner. Initial thinking has begun between interested partners.
Greater Anglia
Good recent performance statistics, new trains continue to be brought into service, new timetable to be introduced in
December, Wherry Line re-signalling expected early 2020
ACTION – develop case study for Norfolk and Suffolk Unlimited regarding challenging perceptions once full
roll out complete
Significant recent investment across eastern ports.
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
Written to all MP candidates outlining infrastructure priorities.
Highways England
A14 improvements to open soon. NCC said they had recently met with HE to outline their A47 delivery concerns.
Suffolk County Council
Ipswich Northern Route SOBC announcement expected shortly.
Norfolk County Council
Opening of Hempnall roundabout despite drainage challenges.
Connected Places Catapult
Bluetech – forthcoming meeting with Paul Davey from Hutchison Ports. Also, in continued dialogue with Suffolk
County Council, East Suffolk Council and Tech East.
Connections Café – next meeting to coincide with an East of England Connections Café – tbc
Future Mobility Zones, Norwich – currently awaiting announcement from government now delayed after election
due to purdah
Cambridge-Norwich Tech Corridor – currently in discussions with Linn Clabburn on a feasibility study on transport
innovation on the corridor
7. Transport East update
The new tentative date for the postponed Transport East summit is 26 February 2020.
Transport East are holding a Carbon Inquiry over three sessions, the first of which is scheduled for 2 December.
Board comments included:
Clean maritime plan and supporting air quality strategies
Rail electrification, quick wins and franchise renewal opportunities
Environmental funding expected through RIS2
Any other business
No new items for future business were discussed
Date of next meeting – 9.30am, 25 February 2020 – Ipswich