Local Authorities

DfT works with local authorities to provide safe, sustainable, and equitable access to jobs and services. Local authorities are central to integrating local transport with other regional and local policies and services, including education, health and economic development.

This section has been designed to provide local transport practitioners with ease of access to the latest Government policy, guidance and good practice. Simply click on the appropriate link to be directed to the specific subject area you are interested in. If you are unable to locate the information you are looking for, or you have any comments or suggestions about how these pages could be improved, please contact: LT.PLANS@dft.gsi.gov.uk.

Links to all current and closed DfT consultations, their responses, and summaries of consultation results.

Policies and Good Practice Handbook
A reference tool for local authorities in preparing and delivering their Local Transport Plans, including links to relevant sources of Government guidance and good practice, categorised by mode and subject area. 

Good practice sharing websites
A range of websites providing local transport good practice, guidance and performance benchmarking information and tools.

Local Transport Strategy

Information on key regional and local strategy areas, including Local Transport Plans, Local Area Agreements, City Regions, and Delivering a Sustainable Transport System (DaSTS).

Local Transport Policy

Includes local transport policy information on accessibility planning, buses and taxis, concessionary travel, cycling etc.

Funding and Statistics

The DfT’s Local Transport Funding pages provide details of all the principal funding streams issued to local authorities by the Department, along with the latest allocations.

Working with Local Authorities

Includes information on local transport newsletter, DfT policy contacts and Government Offices contacts.


The Government is committed to ensuring that local transport authorities are well equipped to meet not only today's transport challenges, but also those of the future.

Newsletters to Local Authority Senior Officers

A series of updates from the Department for Transport to senior officers and portfolio holders in Local Authorities. We aim to give a helpful summary and overview of transport issues most relevant to local authorities that have taken place over the last few months, with signposts to further information. We know that you already work closely with your local Government Office but hope this newsletter will further improve our engagement with you.