53.1 The Cabinet considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport.
53.2 It was RESOLVED to:
1. agree the submission to Government of the draft proposal set out in Appendix 3 for Transport for the South East to become a Sub-national Transport Body; and
2. delegate authority to the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport in consultation with the Lead Member for Economy to finalise our agreement to the proposal prior to Transport for the South East’s submission to Government and to take any actions necessary to give effect to recommendations.
53.3 The establishment of TfSE provides an opportunity to support and grow the economy through the delivery of their transport strategy focussed on unlocking growth, boosting connectivity, and speeding up journeys whilst improving access to opportunities for all and protecting and enhancing our region’s unique environment.
53.4 Through the proposed range of powers and responsibilities being sought, TfSE will enable the Council to more directly influence how and where money is invested by strategic transport providers. It will also help drive improvements for the travelling public and for businesses in the county, so helping to secure delivery of longstanding transport infrastructure ambitions. In doing so, TfSE will provide a more co-ordinated strategic role that speaks with one voice for the region to Government.
53.5 Following consultation, TfSE have revised their draft proposal to Government on how they would achieve their ambition and are seeking the constituent authorities consent to support their proposal to Government in April 2020. Overall the County Council is supportive of TfSE’s revised draft proposal to create a Sub-national Transport Body, with its proposed powers and responsibilities, and consents to TfSE submitting their proposal to Government.