“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.”
Who is SEStran?
The South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran) is the statutory Regional Transport Partnership for the South East of Scotland. SEStran encompasses eight local authorities: City of Edinburgh, Clackmannanshire, East Lothian, Falkirk, Fife, Midlothian, Scottish Borders and West Lothian.
Within the partnership area there is a huge diversity of transportation issues, from urban congestion to rural public transport and from ferry ports to airports. SEStran aims to address these issues and work towards a more sustainable and efficient transport network.
SEStran contributes to a varied range of transport projects and events as well as partnership working with various organisations. For more information about our current projects, visit our Projects page.
Regional Transport Strategy (RTS)
On becoming a statutory body, under the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005, SEStran was tasked with producing a Regional Transport Strategy for South East Scotland.
The development of the RTS was an historic opportunity to plan for the needs of 1.5 million people living in Scotland’s most economically vibrant region. It is a blueprint for transport development in South East Scotland for the 21st century.
The strategy lays out our vision for the strategic development of transport in South East Scotland up to 2028. It includes a particular focus on links to and from Edinburgh, as the economic hub of the region. First produced in 2008 the RTS underwent a thorough update and refresh in 2015.
By its nature the RTS is an ever-evolving strategy, but the key aims and objectives will remain at the heart of SEStran’s 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.
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