Transport for the South East is a partnership to improve the transport network for all and grow the economy of the whole South East area.
It covers an area stretching from the English Channel to the border of London, and from the Kent coast to Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Not only does this area include major airports, ports, roads and rail routes, it is also a powerful economic motor for the whole of the UK – adding £200 billion a year to the national economy (more than Scotland and Wales combined).
The aim of Transport for the South East (TfSE) is to help support and grow the economy in the South East by choosing the right strategic transport priorities for investment. This will also mean improvements for everyone who relies on the transport system; including more reliable journeys free of congestion and the possible introduction of integrated smart ticketing across the area.
TfSE represents all the area’s transport authorities and its local enterprise partnerships. It will speak with a single voice on the South East’s strategic transport needs, directly influence how and where money is invested and drive improvements for the travelling public. There is no body which currently performs this role.
TfSE will also involve transport operators, users and businesses – and national bodies including the Department for Transport, Network Rail and Highways England. All these will be closely consulted as TfSE develops a transport strategy for the South East.
TfSE currently operates as a shadow body. The intention is that, with Government approval, it will begin full operation in 2019.