Corporate report

Department for Transport spending review

Securing investment in vital transport infrastructure that will support the national economic recovery.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



Transport provides the crucial links that allow people and businesses to prosper.

The government is committed to reducing the deficit, facilitating long-term, sustainable growth and tackling carbon emissions.

By cutting waste and taking hard decisions about priorities the department’s spending review settlement allows us to secure the investment in vital transport infrastructure that will support the national economic recovery.

Departmental Expenditure Limits (DEL) in billions [1]

  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
Resource DEL [2] 5.1 5.3 5.0 5.0 4.4
Capital DEL 7.7 7.7 8.1 7.5 7.5
Total DEL 12.8 13.0 13.1 12.5 12.0

[1] DELs are the amounts that departments are limited to spending in each year, and are carefully monitored by the Treasury to ensure they don’t go over those limits. DELs are set for a multi-year period at spending reviews. DEL is divided between 2 different types of spending - capital spending and resource spending:

  • Capital spending (referred to as CDEL in departmental budgets) is money spent on assets - that is, items that will last more than twelve months and be used repeatedly. It encompasses things like infrastructure spending, such as building a road or a hospital.
  • Resource spending (referred to as RDEL in departmental budgets) is money that is spent on the day to day running of a department, and the delivery of public services. Resource spending can be further divided between the programme budget (money spent on the provision of services, for example medicine) and the administration budget (back office costs, non-frontline staffing costs).

[2] In this table, Resource DEL excludes depreciation

Please see the HM Treasury website for further information:

Published 20 October 2010