Transport plays a key role in supporting regional and local prosperity, economic growth and enhancing quality of life. To that end, the Department works in partnership with both regional and local stakeholders towards the same shared priority of 'Improving access to jobs and services, particularly for those most in need, in ways that are sustainable: improved public transport - reduced problems of congestion and reduced problems of congestion, pollution and safety.' At a regional level, the Department encourages the close integration between regional transport, housing, economic development strategies and spending decisions to ensure that transport can best support the delivery of wider Government objectives on the economy, the environment and social inclusiveness, and that strategies are well evidenced and supported in their delivery. At a local level, the Department encourages modernisation of local transport as part of its strategy for a sustainable and integrated transport system, improving accessibility and reducing congestion. It oversees local transport planning and expenditure, helping local authorities and transport operators improve local roads, bus, taxi and light rail services, and walking and cycling facilities.
This diverse research programme provides evidence to meet the objectives of a number of policy and operational areas:
- Buses and Taxis
- Congestion Charging
- Cycling and Walking
- Light Rail
- Local Road Maintenance
- Local Transport Plans
- Regional Transport.
The transport policy context and organisation are indicated by the programme's 5 sub-themes:
- Improving and Modernising Public Transport (buses, taxis, light rail)
- Reducing Congestion
- Reducing the Impact of Transport on the Environment
- Road Network Maintenance Policy
- Understanding and Influencing Travel Behaviour and Attitudes.