The 3SC welcomes proposals for a Sub National Transport Body for the South East. There are clear parallels between 3SC and the proposed body, Transport for the South East (TfSE). Both programmes would give a greater say to local decision makers about the strategic growth of their area’s infrastructure and economy and they both reflect the benefits of working in partnership.
Continued economic success in the South East is threatened by intense pressure on transport networks. Investment is vital, not only to maintain the existing infrastructure, but also to develop new infrastructure which will help unlock the further growth potential in the area.
TfSE would speak with a single voice on the area’s transport needs and develop a single integrated transport strategy for the South East.
The initiative comes from the South East Seven (SE7) councils: Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Medway, Surrey and West Sussex. Invitations to join have also been made to the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton councils. It is expected that four Local Enterprise Partnerships, Coast to Capital, Enterprise M3, Solent and South East will join. Each local authority will now put the proposal to develop TfSE in shadow form to their elected members for approval. If approved, it could begin full operation from 2018/19, with Government agreement.