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Centre of Excellence

A space for local transport authorities to access resources, collaborate, and knowledge share.


Transport Centres of Excellence (CoE) were developed as part of the commitment from the government included in The Levelling Up White Paper (February 2022).

Following this, the Department for Transport (DfT) asked Sub-national Transport Bodies (STBs) to deliver a platform, with a focus on building Local Transport Authorities’ (LTAs’) capability and providing support in the context of the following areas:


The Transport for the South East (TfSE) CoE seeks to focus on these DfT objectives, and provide support to boost capability and communications within the region. This will help LTAs as they interact with the objectives and the evolving challenges in the sector.

Specifically, the platform sets out with the following objectives.

  • Developing effective business cases, as and when these are required to secure investment.
  • Developing and maintaining a pipeline of future schemes.
  • Reducing the environmental impact of transport in their area.
  • Produce updated Local Transport Plans should the Local Transport Plan Guidance go out to consultation.

  • Respond to the unique needs and requirements of the transport authorities in the south east.
  • Enable knowledge sharing across geographies.
  • Utilise both this virtual platform and a wider supporting network.

External Partners

A key component of raising transport planning capability in the region is to foster connections and associated learning from others across the region, and our partner organisations play a part in these. These organisations include: