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November newsletter

We have news on the publication of our Alternative Fuels for Road Freight Strategy, our steering groups and important dates for your diary.

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Alternative Fuels for Road Freight Strategy

Western Gateway and Peninsula Transport Sub-national Transport Bodies (STBs) have launched their Alternative Fuels for Road Freight Strategy for the South West. This joint strategy examines the opportunities and challenges associated with the transition to alternative fuels for road freight and logistics vehicles in the region. 

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October newsletter

We welcome our new Interim Chair of the Western Gateway STB Board, report on our latest freight forum meetings and share news from our local authorities and partners. 

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September newsletter

We’ve published our South West Freight monitoring report, which details our progress to date on the interventions identified in our South West Freight Strategy.

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August newsletter

Read our latest news, including the publication of the Western Gateway Coach Strategy and the launch of our LinkedIn page. Plus updates from our local authorities and partners. 

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Western Gateway STB launches coach strategy

Western Gateway Sub-national Transport Body (STB) has launched its coach strategy, which captures the current state of play for coach services across the Western Gateway region and identifies future priorities for improving services and supporting infrastructure.

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June newsletter

This month we reflect on the second STB conference and our support for the first-ever Better Transport Week. Plus we share important information from National Highways on their future road plans and consultation along with dates for your diary for the upcoming month.

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Making the case for rural investment

Western Gateway STB publishes ‘Making the case for rural investment’, setting out the challenges facing England’s rural communities when it comes to funding and levelling up.

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May newsletter

This month we have news about our new carbon baseline and forecasting tool and Lead Officer vacancy. Also, don’t miss out on registering for the second annual STB Conference on Monday 5th June.

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April newsletter

This month we launch our engagement for ‘Making the right choices: Issues and opportunities for the Strategic Transport Plan 2025-2050’. We also have news about how we will help pilot new approaches to rural transport in the South West.  

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Making the right choices

As Western Gateway STB prepares to develop its Strategic Transport Plan up to 2050, ‘Making the right choices’ sets out the issues and opportunities facing transport planning in the region and seeks views on what the priorities should be to develop this long-term plan.

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March newsletter

This month we are looking for SME hauliers to take part in a load-matching trial to reduce empty running lorries. Plus we have news on our upcoming issues and opportunities paper, where we will be asking for your views to help us develop our long-term Strategic Transport Plan.

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February newsletter

This month we have updates on our rail work. Plus find out how we are working to help move more freight onto rail, reduce empty running lorries and develop our alternative fuels for freight strategy.

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January newsletter

As we head into 2023, we take a look back at our highlights from 2022 and peek ahead to what’s in the pipeline for Western Gateway STB in the coming months.

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December newsletter

This month we update on two upcoming reports that have been shared with our stakeholders and Department for Transport sponsors. We have news on the launch of our monitoring reports which will track and share progress on our freight strategy, plus the latest Western Gateway STB job vacancies.

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England’s first sub-national Rural Mobility Strategy

The first sub-national Rural Mobility Strategy in England has been launched by the Western Gateway and Peninsula Transport Sub-national Transport Bodies (STBs). The joint strategy covers South West England and sets out how the two STBs will deliver an ambitious vision to improve rural mobility for the communities that need it most.

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South West Freight Strategy

Western Gateway and Peninsula Transport STBs launch South West Freight Strategy

The Western Gateway and Peninsula Transport Sub-national Transport Bodies (STBs) have launched the first joint freight strategy for the South West. The strategy addresses the challenges, opportunities and priorities for the South West over the next 30 years, to 2050, and reflects many of the priorities in the Government’s recently published Future of Freight Plan.

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Western Gateway STB begins strategic cycle network study

The Western Gateway STB is pleased to confirm that we have commissioned Sustrans and Atkins to identify and develop plans for a strategic cycle network across the Western Gateway area. This network will link key settlements and include smaller towns and transport hubs.

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Western Gateway STB welcomes funding for transport improvements

The Western Gateway STB is delighted that the Chancellor has announced funding for a number of transport initiatives across the Western Gateway area; the principal one being enhancements to the Chippenham Bypass (A350) which will now proceed to the next stage of development. It is planned to dual a section of the bypass and improve capacity and safety at two roundabouts with construction expected to start in 2023.

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Western Gateway STB joins the East West Main Line Partnership

The Western Gateway STB has joined the East West Main Line Partnership, formerly known as the East-West-Rail Consortium. The STB recognises the strategic importance of rail links between Bristol and the South Coast to Oxford and from there on to Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich.

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Western Gateway STB invests in Network Rail studies

The Western Gateway STB is pleased to announce it will be working with Network Rail on taking forward their recently completed strategic rail corridor studies for Bristol to Birmingham and Bristol to Exeter. Both studies set out an ambitious programme of enhanced services including four trains per hour between Bristol and Gloucester and four trains per hour from Bristol to Worle and Weston-super-Mare.

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Launch of the Western Gateway Strategic Transport Plan

Western Gateway Sub-national Transport Body (STB) is delighted to launch its Strategic Transport Plan which has been approved by the Western Gateway Board. This short‐term plan covers the period from 2020 to 2025 and outlines the strategic challenges facing transport, setting out important transport investment priorities across the Western Gateway area within the Government’s existing funding programmes. It lays the ground for a long-term strategic plan to be produced covering the 25 year period through to 2050.

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Rail strategy 2020-2040

Western Gateway STB is pleased to present its Rail Strategy 2020 – 2040 which ensures that investment is prioritised and targeted to make a tangible difference to residents, businesses and visitors to the Western Gateway area.

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