A new sub-national transport body for the South East was launched by the Government in 2017. Transport for the South East (TfSE). The chair is Cllr Keith Glazier, leader of East Sussex County Council. The vice-chair is Cllr Tony Page, the deputy leader of Reading Borough Council and representative of the Berkshire Local Transport Forum.
TfSE takes in Berkshire, Brighton and Hove, Kent, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Medway, Portsmouth, Southampton, Surrey, East Sussex and West Sussex.
TfSE together with the area’s 16 transport authorities and five local enterprise partnerships are to work directly with the Department for Transport and will involve other key stakeholders, including Highways England and Network Rail, transport operators and transport users.
They have been developing a Transport Strategy – click the image below to read the document.
TfSE said on their web site:
The South East in 2050: Our Strategy
On Wednesday 23rd May, ten national environmental and conservation organisations wrote a joint letter to Michael Gove (Environment Secretary) and Chris Grayling (Transport Secretary) outlining their concerns about Highways England’s preferred route for the Arundel bypass (a slightly modified option 5A). This would destroy around 6 hectares of ancient woodland and a swathe of the South Downs National Park. It would also bisect the village of Binsted and destroy the tranquillity of the Arun Valley and the views along it.
They called for the Arundel bypass and other planned expansions of the A27 to be reviewed and more sustainable solutions to be found that would not jeopordise the Government’s 25 year Environment Plan.
Joint letter to Gove & Grayling
The next day, the plans took another battering when the South Downs National Park Authority agreed to seek leave for judicial review of Highways England’s decision to select a slightly modified option 5A and the process leading up to that decision. This is the second scheme this year that Highways England’s consultation processes and decision making have been legally challenged. It would suggest that something is seriously wrong with their approach.