Transport for the South East (TfSE)

West Sussex County Council is a partner in a new body being created to improve the transport network and grow the economy of the whole South East area.

The area covered by Transport for the South East (TfSE) will stretch from the English Channel to the border of London, and from the Kent coast to Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Not only does this area include major airports, ports, roads and rail routes, it is also a powerful economic motor for the whole of the UK - adding £200 billion a year to the national economy.

The aim is to support and grow this economy by choosing the right priorities for transport investment. This also means improvements for everyone who relies on the transport system, with more reliable journeys free of congestion, and the possible introduction of integrated smart ticketing across the area.

TfSE is starting to develop a transport strategy for the South East and we will closely consult with transport operators, users and businesses as this takes shape.

The intention is that, with Government approval, TfSE will begin full operation from 2020.

The full list of transport authorities involved in TfSE:

  • Berkshire Local Transport Body (encompassing the six Berkshire unitary authorities)
  • Brighton & Hove City Council
  • East Sussex County Council
  • Hampshire County Council
  • Isle of Wight Council
  • Kent County Council
  • Medway Council
  • Portsmouth City Council
  • Southampton City Council
  • Surrey County Council
  • West Sussex County Council.

Also involved are the South East’s five local enterprise partnerships:

  • Coast to Capital
  • Enterprise M3
  • South East
  • Solent
  • Berkshire Thames Valley.

It will also involve working with:

  • Department for Transport
  • National Highways
  • Network Rail
  • borough and district councils
  • ports
  • airports
  • transport operators and users.
Last updated:
3 September 2021
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