Some of England’s non-statutory sub-national transport bodies are preparing applications to the Government for statutory powers, undeterred by the DfT’s message last year that it had no plans to authorise further statutory STBs at this stage.
Transport for the South East (TfSE) will seek a range of powers, though it has dropped a request for bus franchising.
England’s Economic Heartland is also to apply for statutory status but will seek a more limited set of powers, keen to only hold those it has a clear need to use.
TfSE’s proposed powers cover:
Many of the proposed powers would operate concurrently to those of the constituent authorities. Where exercised by TfSE they would need the consent of the constituent authority or authorities.
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