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Transport strategy

Area studies

To turn our transport strategy from vision to reality, we’re working with partners and stakeholders across the region to determine what the South East’s priority transport schemes, initiatives and policies should be.

We’re doing this through a series of geographic studies based around the most important economic corridors in our region. These corridors connect our biggest towns and cities and international gateways and are where the greatest opportunities for sustainable economic growth exist.

Each study will investigate the issues, challenges and opportunities identified in our transport strategy in more detail and, ultimately, identify a shortlist of interventions to make life better for people, for businesses and for the environment.

Developing our strategic investment plan

The outcomes of the area studies will form the basis of our strategic investment plan – a blueprint for investment which we want to deliver with government and national bodies like Network Rail and Highways England.

We’re planning to publish our draft investment plan for public consultation in summer 2022 with the aim of submitted the final plan to government in early 2023.

Working in partnership

Partnership working is at the heart of our approach, making sure we capture invaluable insight and experience from stakeholders across the South East as we develop our investment priorities.

Each of our area studies is led by a working group comprising senior officers from the relevant local transport authorities, local enterprise partnerships and other key partners including Network Rail and Highways England and protected landscapes.

These working groups are each supported by a stakeholder forum bringing together a wide range of groups and organisations including transport operators, active travel campaigners, universities, environmental groups, local planning authorities, business groups and many more. 

You can find out which organisations are involved on the individual area study page.