The Western Gateway

The Western Gateway Sub-national Transport Body is formed by an alliance of eight Local Authorities and one Combined Authority that have committed to work together to drive innovation, facilitate the transition to a decarbonised transport system, maximise economic growth and improve industrial productivity by strengthening travel connections to local, national and international markets.

The role of the Western Gateway Sub-national Transport Body (STB) is to set out the transport strategy for the region, provide leadership on strategic transport matters and present our collective priorities for greater investment in transport in the Gateway area to government, by providing a single, unified voice for the region. This will be underpinned by the production of a regional evidence base that informs our long-term Strategic Transport Plan

The Gateway area is home to over 3 million people and is set for a step-change in prosperity and productivity through an ambitious growth agenda over the next 20 years delivering 300,000 new homes and over 190,000 new jobs as well as home to world class environment. It is both a highly desirable destination as well as a facilitator of movement through nationally significant travel corridors. 

The Gateway area links England’s South Coast to the Midlands, London and the South East to South Wales and the South West Peninsula to the rest of the UK.

Latest news

Rural communities are facing ongoing reduction in passenger transport services which inevitably results in a greater dependency on the private car. To address this, the Western Gateway STB together with Peninsula Transport STB have commissioned consultants WSP to undertake a rural mobility study covering the South West of England.

Board meetings

The Western Gateway STB Board meets four times a year and is made up of each constituent authority appointing its elected Cabinet Member as a member of the Western Gateway STB Board.

“Our ambitious, sustainable and strategic transport plans for the area, alongside our unified and collective voice, ensure we maximise funding opportunities and deliver projects which support business growth, drive innovation and improve access to international markets.”

Cllr Mike Greene – Chair of the Western Gateway STB