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.

Powers and responsibilities

We’ve 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 includes the powers and responsibilities we want to help us deliver economic growth, improve quality of life and protect and enhance the environment.

The draft proposal has been agreed by our organisation’s principal decision making forum, the Transport for the South East shadow partnership board. The next stage is to give other organisations in the South East and neighbouring regions the chance to comment.

Have your say on our proposal

Between 3 May and 31 July 2019, we’ll be asking a range of stakeholders to give us their views on our draft proposal by completing a short questionnaire. The draft proposal and questionnaire will be available to download here during the consultation period. 

What happens next?

The final proposal document will be put before our shadow partnership board for approval in the autumn. Our plan is to then submit it to government who will make a decision on whether we should be granted statutory status.

If government accepts our proposal, a piece of legislation called a ‘statutory instrument’ will be laid before Parliament for the final decision.

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Transport for the South East
County Hall
St. Anne's Cresent


0300 3309474

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