Members of Parliament from across the region showed their backing for Transport for the South East (TfSE) at a reception at the House of Commons.
They heard more about TfSE’s work to develop a transport strategy for the whole South East to support economic growth, enable smoother journeys and protect the environment. The MPs also had practical advice on how to keep the South East’s vital transport issues on the agenda of Government and Parliament.
Huw Merriman MP, who hosted the event, said there were strong signals the Government would support sub-national transport bodies, including TfSE, which could show how they would improve peoples’ lives and productivity.
Keith Glazier, Chairman of TfSE, told MPs that their backing would be crucial as it develops its transport strategy and seeks further support from the Department for Transport.
The event at the House of Commons on Tuesday (Oct 31) was joined by Members of Parliament from many parts of the South East and from across political parties.
TfSE intends to win Government backing to become a statutory body by 2020. Meanwhile it is already working on a comprehensive, innovative transport strategy for the South East and is speaking with one voice on many of the South East’s strategic transport issues.