Definition – Key stakeholders are individuals or organisations having political, regulatory, functional or financial powers as well as relevant competencies.
Relevance to SUMP – The key stakeholders in transport and related domains (land use, environment, education, health, tourism, etc.) should be identified and engaged in the process. These are the organisations and individuals with the power and resources to drive forward SUMP development and implementation. Key stakeholders include organisations and individuals with political responsibility (mayors, councillors, other public authorities and government levels), financial resources (public and private funds), regulatory authority (by policy sector or territory), transport operating functions (public transport authorities, car sharing business) and relevant skills and expertise (public administrations, universities, private sector). During the course of SUMP preparation, the role and relative importance of stakeholders may change and therefore the involvement of different organisations should be reviewed.