Transport security

Our aims are:

  • To protect the travelling public, transport facilities and those employed in the transport industries primarily from acts of terrorism and to retain public confidence in transport security, whilst not imposing requirements that impact disproportionately on the travelling public or on the effectiveness and efficiency of industry operations;
  • To co-ordinate the Department for Transport's arrangements for responding to serious disruption of national life, actual or threatened, however caused.

Image: Preparing for Emergencies logo (including link to the website)

The Preparing for Emergencies ( website includes the common sense advice found in the Preparing for Emergencies booklet, and information on what the government is doing to protect the country as a whole.

The UK resilience website ( contains emergency planning guidance and information for government organisations for a wide number of potential crises.

About the Transport Security & Contingencies team

This section provides details on the kind of work the team is involved in, together with answers to commonly asked questions and contact details for key personnel.


This section contains details about the Transport Security team's work with the security of airports, aircraft, air passengers and air cargo.

Land transport

This section details the responsibilities of the Transport Security Team's land transport division.


This contains information on the protection of ports, shipping and sea passengers.

Social Research

Dangerous Goods

New regulations for the security of transporting dangerous goods in Great Britain came into force on 1 July 2007. These regulations are based entirely upon the new security requirements laid out in the international agreements for the transport of dangerous goods by road and rail. Accompanying explanatory guidance has replaced the road and rail codes of practice that were in place.

Industry training

Information on security training for transport staff.

Criminal records check

Explaining how organisations can arrange criminal record checks for new or existing staff members.

Reporting to Parliament

Papers relating to Parliamentary oversight of transport security.