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 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.

Influencing our proposal

Between 3 May and 31 July 2019, we asked a range of stakeholders to give us their views on our draft proposal. You can view the draft for consultation by clicking the link below, along with a quick guide which explains why we’re seeking statutory status.

We received almost 100 responses. The overwhelming majority were supportive of our ambition to become a statutory body though there were some queries raised about the rationale for certain powers and responsibilities which we’re seeking. 

The proposal was amended to reflect the consultation responses and was approved by our Board in September 2019.

A summary of the responses received and amendments to draft proposal can be seen in our September board papers.

What happens next?

A decision regarding submission of our proposal will be made by the Board in early 2020. Once submitted, and 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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