Sewta is an alliance of 10 local authorities in South East Wales, which prepares and co-ordinates regional transport policies, plans and programmes on behalf of its constituent councils.
Sewta prioritises the regional capital transport programme and formulates funding applications in pursuit of the programme. While local authorities implement individual capital schemes, and manage and maintain the assets created, Sewta manages the overall programme, and monitors progress of implementation and expenditure.
Sewta provides guidance to member councils on scheme development and monitoring. It also provides advice to member authorities on transportation issues and responds to related consultations.
The members of Sewta are the following local authorities:
The local authorities work in partnership with:
Sewta came into being in 2003-4 when the previous local authority groupings of SWIFT - South Wales Integrated Fast Transit and TIGER - Transport Integration in the Gwent Economic Region were brought together to create the South East Wales Transport Alliance (Sewta).
The Board of Sewta is formally constituted as a joint committee of the local authorities in the area. Newport City Council has the official role of Clerk and Legal Adviser to the Board.
The functions of the Alliance are:
The Alliance shall exercise its functions so as to achieve the following core aim and objectives:
Sewta recognises the importance of working in partnership with people and organisations with a stake in transport, and of driving the policy debate as a champion for transport in the region. In addition, Sewta seeks to raise public awareness of the role of local government in transport. Sewta will also continue to liaise with the other regional transport consortia in Wales, and with neighbouring English authorities, to facilitate joined up transportation systems and services. As well as the partners on the Sewta Board (see above), Sewta will continue to interface with stakeholders including the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG), the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), the South East Wales Economic Forum (SEWEF), the South East Wales Strategic Planning Group (SEWSPG), the regional tourism partnership Capital Region Tourism (CRT), Traveline Cymru, the Community Transport Association (CTA) in Wales and other transport providers and user organisations.
The leadership of Sewta comprises of two Members from each of the ten authorities forming the Board (normally including the Cabinet Member for transport), together with non-voting representatives from partners. The Directorate, with officers from each authority and WAG, provides senior management support for the Board. The Board and Directorate meet quarterly.
Local authorities, the transport industry and user groups work together through the technical working groups, which lead further development of transport policy, planning and projects, coordination of the regional capital transport programme, initiating specific technical work and liasion with member councils, partner organisations and other stakeholders. Through membership of Sewta technical working groups, member councils provide a substantial resource input.
The Sewta working groups are:
The working groups receive support from a small core of dedicated staff at the Sewta Central Support Unit (CSU):