Transport security

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The Department for Transport (DfT) aims to protect the travelling public, transport facilities and those employed in the transport industry, primarily from acts of terrorism.  We aim to retain public confidence in transport security without imposing requirements that impact on the way they travel.

To find out more about what we do, read our 'Introduction to transport security'.

About the Transport Security and 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.

An introduction to transport security

Find out how we're protect the travelling public, transport facilities and those employed in the transport industry

09 October 2007

For related documents, pages and internet links, see the column on the right.