Transport for the South East (TfSE)

Kent County Council is a partner in Transport for the South East (TfSE), a new organisation being created to improve the transport network and grow the economy of the whole South East area.

It covers an area stretching 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 of Transport for the South East (TfSE) is to support and grow this economy by choosing the right strategic transport priorities for investment. This will also mean improvements for everyone who relies on the transport system; including more reliable journeys free of congestion and the possible introduction of integrated smart ticketing across the area.

The intention is that, with Government approval, TfSE will begin full operation in 2019. It currently operates as a shadow body and is starting to develop a transport strategy for the South East. We will closely consult with transport operators, users and businesses as this takes shape.

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 and Berkshire Thames Valley.
The Department for Transport, Highways England, Network Rail, borough and district councils, ports, airports, transport operators and users will also be represented