Leaders from across the South East are expected to formally launch Transport for the South East when they meet on 26 June.
Representatives of all the area’s 16 transport authorities will be asked to approve plans for the shadow sub-national transport body to speak with a single voice on its transport priorities and influence where funds are invested in the network.
Plans for the partnership include proposals for governance, development of a transport strategy and close working relationships with the Department for Transport, transport operators, users and businesses. Leaders are expected to review these plans at the June meeting and elect one of their number to chair the shadow body.
They may also agree to invite representatives of other bodies, including the area’s five local enterprise partnerships to join the partnership board, which would be TfSE’s governing body.
The outline case for a sub-national transport board for the South East has already been approved by elected members of all the local authorities involved in the proposed partnership.
Government legislation allows it to pass decisions on strategic investment in transport to areas such as the South East where they can show this would improve journeys for the travelling public and businesses and drive economic growth.
The South East is already a major contributor to the national economy, its good and services adding more than £200 billion a year to the Treasury.