About SEStran


Before December 2005, SEStran was a voluntary partnership of local authorities formed to identify, develop, implement and monitor matters of "mutual transport interest". 

On becoming a statutory body, under the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005, SEStran was tasked with producing a Regional Transport Strategy for South East Scotland. 

SEStrans Aims

SEStran aims to develop a transportation system for South East Scotland that will enable business to function effectively, and provide everyone living in the region with improved access to health care, education, public services and employment opportunities.  

SEStrans  Vision

The vision of SEStran is for a regional transport system that:

"Provides all citizens of South East Scotland with a genuine choice of transport which fulfils their needs and provides travel opportunities for work and leisure on a sustainable basis."

SEStrans Objectives

Our objectives, which are laid out in the RTS, include:

  • Reducing the number of commuter journeys by single occupancy vehicles within South East Scotland
  • Minimising the overall need for travel; especially by car
  • Maximising public transport provision and achieving public transport integration and intermodality
  • Improving safety for all road and transport users
  • Enhancing community life and social inclusion
  • Maintaining existing infrastructure to a standard that ensures that it can be fully utilised
  • Enhancing movement of freight, especially by rail and other non-road modes

SEStran target

We have set ourselves a specific target, that will contribute towards reducing traffic congestion and carbon emissions and encouraging the use of sustainable modes of transportation, which is :    

"By 2022, to reduce the percentage of people commuting to Edinburgh by single occupant car from each local authority area in South East Scotland by 10% compared to a 2001 base. For Edinburgh residents working outwith the City Council area, to reduce their reliance on the single occupant car for commuting by 10% also over the same period."

Regional Transport Strategy (RTS)

The development of the Regional Transport Strategy (RTS) was an historic opportunity to plan for the needs of 1.5 million people living in Scotlands most economically vibrant region. It is a blueprint for transport development in South East Scotland for the 21st century, which will form the core of our work for the next 15 years.

The Strategy lays out our vision for the strategic development of transport in SE Scotland up to 2028. It includes a particular focus on links to and from Edinburgh, as the economic hub of the region.

By its nature the RTS is an ever-evolving strategy, but the key aims and objectives will remain at the heart of SEStrans work.

The RTS has four key objectives:

  • Economy: to ensure transport facilities encourage growth, regional prosperity and vitality in a sustainable manner.
  • Accessibility: to improve accessibility for those with limited transport choice or no access to a car; particularly those living in rural areas.
  • Environment: to ensure that development is achieved in an environmentally sustainable manner.
  • Safety & Health: to promote a healthier and more active SEStran area population.

To find out more about SEStrans Regional Transport Strategy Click here.

SEStran SEA Environmental Report

An integral part of the RTS, SEStran’s Environmental Report can be downloaded if you click here.

SEStran Partnership Board

The SEStran Partnership Board consists of 20 elected members from the partnership local authorities and eight appointed members. There is an elected Chair and three elected vice Chairs.

The partnership board meets quarterly. All papers relating to the meeting are posted on the SEStran website 7 days prior to the meeting, where they are available for public scrutiny.  To access the papers, please click on the relevant date on the Meetings Calendar

The Partnership Board members Register of Interests will be made available as soon as possible following the inaugural meeting of the new board on 29th June 2012, together wih indications of officers appointed, including chair and vice chairs.

A full list of current board members may be accessed here.