What is the Department for Transport?The Department for Transport is the governmentdepartment in charge of the English transport system.It also is responsible for some areas in Scotland, Wales &Northern Ireland which are not devolved.(Devolution meaning “the statutory granting of powers from the Parliament of the UnitedKingdom to the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and the NorthernIreland Assembly and to their associated executive bodies the Scottish Government, theWelsh Government and the Northern Ireland Executive.”)
Secretary of State/Ministers• Justine Greening - Secretary of StateOverall responsibility, transport security, high speed rail.• Theresa Villiers - Minister of State RailAviation and London transport.• Norman Baker - Parliamentary Under- Secretary of StateBuses and taxis, walking and cycling, parking.• Mike Penning - Parliamentary Under- Justine Greening Secretary of StateRoads, freight and maritime.
Main areas of responsibilityRoads:• Ensuring the road network functions efficiently and safely.Aviation:• The Department’s role is to develop policies and long-term strategies; to facilitate their implementation; and to lead international negotiations in the aviation sector.Rail:• The Department for Transport’s responsibilities in the running of the railways are to provide strategic direction and to procure rail services and projects that only it can specify.Shipping:• The Department for Transport works to ensure that the UK’s shipping, ports and waterways are operated in an efficient, safe, secure and sustainable manner.
Mission Statement“Our vision is for a transport systemthat is an engine for economicgrowth, but one that is also greenerand safer and improves quality oflife in our communities.”
Current Priorities• Deliver the Coalition’s commitments on high speed rail• Secure our railways for the future• Encourage sustainable local travel• Tackle carbon and congestion on our roads• Promote sustainable aviation
Objectives• Sustain economic growth and improved productivity through reliable and efficient transport networks.• Improve the environmental performance of transport.• Strengthen the safety and security of transport.• Enhance access to jobs, services and social networks, including for the most disadvantaged people.
Other information• The Department for Transport was formed in 2002• The headquarters is in London• The annual budget is £5.3 billion (current) & £7.7 billion (capital) in 2011-12