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Transport strategy

Becoming a statutory body

We want to formalise our role as the voice for strategic transport issues in the South East by becoming a statutory sub-national transport body (STB).

Statutory status would give us the ability to directly influence the government’s decisions on transport issues and give us the tools we need to deliver our transport strategy.

We worked with our member authorities to draw up a proposal to government which sets out the case for a statutory STB for the South East. It also includes the statutory powers and responsibilities we want to help us deliver economic growth, improve quality of life and protect and enhance the environment. Our proposal was submitted to government in July 2020.

Powers and responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a Strategic Investment Plan for the region
  • Act as ‘one voice’ for the South East in agreeing investment priorities with the Secretary of State for Transport
  • Become a statutory partner in road and rail investment decisions
  • Improve bus services for passengers and provide improved alternatives to car travel
  • Coordinate the delivery of region-wide integrated smart ticketing
  • Implement road charging schemes linked to Clean Air Zones to improve quality of life for people in the South East

Update – October 2020

Government has decided not to progress with our initial request for statutory status, but our board and our partners remain clear that getting the right tools from Government will be critical to delivering the South East’s transport investment priorities.  So, we will continue to work with Government to identify the best time to put forward our case, which we believe will further strengthen as we develop our investment plan. 

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