What we do

We work with our agencies and partners to support the transport network that helps the UK’s businesses and gets people and goods travelling around the country. We plan and invest in transport infrastructure to keep the UK on the move.

Responsibilities

We are responsible for:

  • providing policy, guidance, and funding to English local authorities to help them run and maintain their road networks, improve passenger and freight travel, and develop new major transport schemes
  • investing in, maintaining and operating around 4,300 miles of the motorway and trunk road network in England through the Highways Agency
  • setting the strategic direction for the rail industry in England and Wales – funding investment in infrastructure through Network Rail, awarding and managing rail franchises, and regulating rail fares
  • improving English bus services through funding and regulation
  • working to make our roads less congested and polluted by promoting lower carbon transport, including cycling and walking
  • encouraging the use of new technology such as smart ticketing and low carbon vehicles
  • maintaining high standards of safety and security in transport
  • supporting the maritime sector by producing the overall strategy and planning policy for ports in England and Wales
  • setting national aviation policy, working with airlines, airports, the Civil Aviation Authority and NATS (the UK’s air traffic service)

Priorities

Our priorities are:

  • continuing to develop and lead the preparations for a high speed rail network
  • improving the existing rail network and creating new capacity to improve services for passengers
  • tackling congestion on our roads
  • continuing to improve road safety
  • encouraging sustainable local travel
  • promoting lower carbon transport, such as walking and cycling as well as introducing more environmentally-friendly buses and trains
  • supporting the development of the market for electric and other ultra-low emission vehicles
  • supporting the development of aviation, improving passenger experience at airports
  • maintaining high standards of safety and security for passengers and freight

Who we are

The Department for Transport and our agencies employ around 18,245 staff and 354 non-payroll staff, who work in locations across the country.

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