Facts about the Department of Transport

Did you know? The Department of Transport 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 Highways England
  • 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)

And they have priorities! They are:

  • boosting economic growth and opportunity
  • building a One Nation Britain
  • improving journeys
  • safe, secure and sustainable transport

Did you know? They employ over 18000 staff and over 350 non-payroll staff.

 


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