Regional and local transport

The Department works in partnership with both regional and local stakeholders towards: improving access to jobs and services in ways that are sustainable, and improving public transport - reducing problems of congestion and pollution and increasing safety.

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.

Newsletter: DfT Update for Local Authority Senior Officers : December 2009

This is the second of a series of updates that the DfT plans to send out to senior officers and portfolio holders in Local Transport Authorities quarterly. It aims to give a helpful summary and overview of transport issues most relevant to local authorities, with signposts to further information.

17 December 2009

Smart and Integrated Ticketing strategy

The Smart and Integrated Ticketing strategy aims to increase the spread of smart and integrated ticketing schemes in England in order to make ticketing arrangements better for passengers and encourage modal shift. This will contribute to the DfT's aim of Transport that works for everyone.

15 December 2009

Commercial Review of ITSO Ltd: Post Implementation Report (111 kb)

This document contains a review of the findings of the Department's commercial review of ITSO Ltd, the independent member-owned and operated company responsible for the provision of an open technical specification for smart ticketing.

15 October 2009

Street Lighting Private Finance Initiative

The Department announced a 3rd street lighting bidding round on 27 July 2009 with the intention of allocating £440m in PFI Credits to local authority street lighting projects early in 2010. Local authority Expression of Interest (EOI) were invited on 4 September 2009, with submissions to be received by the Department by 7 December 2009.

Designation of the Olympic Route Network

Information about the responses received to, and decisions taken following, the DfT consultation on the roads to be included in a designated Olympic Route Network - a network of roads to be used during the 2012 Games to provide safe, reliable transport for athletes, technical officials, media and marketing partners between venues and accommodation, critical to the Games’ success. The response document also sets out the next steps following designation, led by the Olympic Delivery Authority.

London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games

Information about DfT's role in supporting the Government's objective to host an inspirational, safe and inclusive event in 2012, and leave a sustainable legacy for London and the UK.

09 June 2009
Last update:
22 December 2009

Regional strategy

Information about transport strategy in the regions.

Local Transport Act

Information about the Local Transport Act, including new guidance about the quality partnership schemes and the Government’s efforts to tackle congestion and improve public transport.

Local transport plan - process and initiatives

Information regarding the production of local transport plans and annual reviews; includes examples of good practice, technical guidance, accessibility planning, major schemes, performance indicators and details of all annual capital settlements to date.


Best practice and policy guidance for bus and coach operators; including licensing and registration, concession fares, tackling anti-social behaviour and criminal damage, and explanations of the various grants available to operators.

Local and light rail

Information of relevance for local authorities with regard to local rail schemes, including London Underground.


Licensing policies and regulations for taxis and private hire services, including accessibility issues.

Policy and research

Key strategy documents and research articles, including 'Transport 2010: meeting the local transport challenge'.

Transport Assessments

Guidance on the process of transport assessments.

Funding transport infrastructure for strategically significant developments

Developer contribution guidelines - providing principles for discussions between developers and Government for co-funding supporting transport infrastructure to strategically important developments such as ports and airports. The guidance provides clarity on the circumstances in which developers are expected to pay for infrastructure, and circumstances in which a cost-sharing arrangement may be reached.


Terms used in the Regional and Local transport section.

08 April 2005

Email contacts

Email addresses for the bus enquiries.

13 January 2006
Last update:
24 June 2009

Local transport authority performance

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