Leaders from across the South East have launched an ambitious new partnership to transform the transport network for the travelling public and businesses and to ensure the area remains a driver of the UK economy.
Transport for the South East (TfSE) will speak with a single voice on the area’s transport priorities. It will devise an integrated transport strategy to focus the attention of ministers on the area’s needs and will directly influence when and where money is invested in the South East’s transport network.
The new partnership brings together the area’s 16 transport authorities and five local enterprise partnerships to work directly with the Department for Transport.
It will also involve road and rail-builders Highways England and Network Rail, transport operators, transport users and other key interest groups. A sub-national transport body, TfSE is currently operating in shadow form but intends to secure full Government backing and statutory powers within two years.
Surrey County Council leader David Hodge (pictured) said: “This is an important step towards our aim of improving travel for commuters and businesses in the region, whether that’s by rail, road or air.
“Not only will working as one team in this way give us a bigger say on delivering better transport, it will mean we can help to drive growth in the engine room of the nation’s economy.”
Further information can be found on the TfSE website.