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The Department for Transport (DfT) is the UK government department responsible for the English transport network and for non-devolved transport matters in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

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Aims and objectives

The Department for Transport’s aim is transport that works for everyone. This means a transport system that balances the needs of the economy, the environment and society. In support of this aim the Department has five strategic objectives:

  • To support national economic competitiveness and growth, by delivering reliable and efficient transport networks.
  • To reduce transport’s emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, with the desired outcome of avoiding dangerous climate change.
  • To contribute to better safety, security and health and longer life-expectancy through reducing the risk of death, injury or illness arising from transport, and promoting travel modes that are beneficial to health.
  • To promote greater equality of opportunity for all citizens, with the desired outcome of achieving a fairer society.
  • To improve quality of life for transport users and non-transport users, and to promote a healthy natural environment.

Organisation

The Department for Transport was set up to deliver the Government's transport strategy. The key role is to set strategy and policy context, and to establish and manage the organisations that are responsible for delivery. The Department's Board includes the Directors General of the:

  • Rail and National Networks Group
  • City and Regional Networks Group
  • Corporate Resources
  • Safety, Service Delivery and Logistics Group

Executive agencies

Highways England is one of the DfT's Executive Agencies

Non-departmental public bodies

The Department sponsors these executive non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs):

The Department also sponsors a number of other public bodies:

There is also one tribunal non-departmental public body:

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