DAVID JENKINS begins his look at current developments in one of the most populated parts of the country by examining the ambitions of the recently created Transport for the South East as outlined in this body’s 30-year plan to improve public transport


Transport for the South East (TfSE) may not yet be a familiar name, but it has ambitions to become the strategic transport authority for much of south-east England beyond Greater London.

That is a slightly different geographic area to the one usually found in government circles, for although it covers the area broadly south of London from Kent west to Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, it excludes the north-western outposts of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

It has a population of 7.5million — about 250,000 more than the combined populations of Scotland and Northern Ireland — is home to 329,000 businesses and anticipates the creation of another 500,000 jobs by 2050.

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