Transport strategy for the South East

Transport for the South East (TfSE) recognised that simply accommodating projected future road demand was incompatible with wider social and environmental objectives.

TfSE therefore set out to develop a Transport Strategy for the South East to 2050 with a clear focus on balancing economic, social and environmental sustainability ahead of “growth at any cost”.

Other guiding principles identified in the draft for consultation are a recognition of transport systems as an important determinant of quality of place and the need to incorporate new technological innovations in an integrated and systematic manner.

Moving away from a “predict and provide” to a “decide and provide” model, TfSE built their strategy on the back of detailed economic scenario analysis undertaken by Cambridge Econometrics.

We developed a “sustainable route to growth scenario” which envisioned the use of the transport system to encourage urban densification with associated agglomeration benefits (cost savings that come with urban agglomeration) and prioritised the formation of knowledge clusters within the region’s key cities. The scenario leads to a reduction in the necessity for residents to commute to London to access high quality employment.

Priorities identified in the strategy include the prioritisation of integrated public transport systems ahead of facilitating unlimited growth in car usage and measures to encourage and facilitate active modes of transport.

The work was carried out in conjunction with consultants Steer.


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