Department for Transport - Local Transport and Regional

Programme details

DfT Regional and Local Transport

Department for Transport - Local Transport and Regional
United Kingdom
Programme type: Funding programme
Origin: National (United Kingdom)
Duration: 1998 - Ongoing
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Background & policy context: 

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.

Strategic Objectives: 

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.
Programme organisation: 

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.
Leading Institutions:

Public institution

Department for Transport
Type of funding: 
Public (national/regional/local)
Participating countries: 
United Kingdom
Total number of projects: 


Projects covered: 

Examples of projects within this programme include:
- Taxi Bus & Traffic Sharing Schemes
- Quality Partnership Schemes (QPS) and Market Structure
- Better Design in Traffic Management
- Integrated Traffic Management in Urban Environment
- Network Monitoring, Modelling & Management
- TRAMAQ - Emission Modelling and Traffic Management
- Safe Town Initiative: Environmental Effects
- UK Pavement Management System: strategic review
- Review of the Effects of Road Surface Materials on Road Lighting Performance
- Shared Use Facilities for Pedestrians and Cyclists
- People's Understanding of and Attitudes to Congestion

Project Profiles:
  1. Accessibility Planning: Development and Piloting Approaches
  2. Assessing extent of street works (pilot scheme)
  3. Assessing the effect of street works lane rental (pilot schemes)
  4. Assessment of Road Lighting Changes on Energy Usage and Driver Behaviour and Support for EU Numelite Project
  5. Assessment of the economic and social impact of clear zones
  6. Attitudes to transport
  7. Better Design in Traffic Management
  8. Car share and car clubs – Potential and impacts
  9. CDP workplace parking study
  10. CIT interchange study
  11. Civilising cities
  12. Clear Zones Co-ordinator
  13. Clear Zones Co-ordinator Phase 2
  14. Co-ordination of Closely Spaced Signalled Junction
  15. Cold start emissions
  16. Competition trends and cases - Analysis of database of competition cases
  17. Competition trends and cases - Concentration of the national bus market
  18. Congestion charging - Tools for dialogue
  19. Contribution of Traffic Management and Parking to Congestion Targets
  20. Countryside Traffic Measures Group
  21. Croydon tramlink impact study
  22. Cycling and walking in the multi-modal appraisal
  23. Cycling facilities and engineering
  24. Decision making in local transport planning
  25. Determining the Barriers to Flexible Taxi Schemes
  26. Development of a Simple Performance Indicator for Traffic Signalled Junctions
  27. Development of an international knowledge base on urban transport - Policy instruments Stage 2
  28. Development of new traffic control strategies
  29. Development of Optimised Textured Surfaces
  30. Drivers perceptions of cyclists
  31. Driving and traffic calming schemes
  32. DTLR/DfES Assessment of Attitudes to, and Take-Up of, Additional Home to School Transport
  33. Effect of travel modes on children’s cognitive development
  34. Emerging vehicular and pedestrian detectors
  35. Emission modelling and traffic management
  36. Emissions measurements
  37. Evaluating rural bus grant and rural bus challenge
  38. Evaluation of BSOG to Community Transport
  39. Evaluation of more government department travel plans
  40. Evaluation Of Sensors to Provide Real-Time Air Quality Information for UTMC Systems
  41. Evaluation of Training Needs and Opportunities on Travel Plans
  42. Factors influencing school travel decisions
  43. Follow Up to CFIT Recommendations: Bus Subsidy
  44. Further Development of Good Practice for LTPs
  45. Good Practice Guide on Integrated Transport Measures in National Parks
  46. Guidance on Demand Forecasting Models for Major Public Transport Schemes
  47. Guidance on Vehicular Access Management and Control
  48. How Best to Promote Alternative Modes in the School Environment
  49. Impacts of RUC & Work Place Parking Levy on Social Exclusion
  50. Implications of Stage Skipping in SCOOT
  51. Improvements to Puffin Control Within SCOOT
  52. Improving the Value of Road and Roadside Detectors
  53. Individuals’ relocational decisions over 20 years
  54. Integrated Traffic Management in Urban Environment
  55. Integrated Traffic Management in Urban Environment Lancashire
  56. Integrating bicycles with buses
  57. Intergrated Traffic Management in Urban Environment Reading
  58. Intergration of Puffin Pedestrian Crossing
  59. Isolated Junction Traffic Control Systems
  60. ITS facilitator for towns and cities
  61. Jubilee line extension impact study
  62. Labour force - Car ownership data
  63. Lane control by traffic signals
  64. Levels of activity relating to school travel plans and initiatives (2001)
  65. Light rail and complementary measures
  66. Long term performance of reinstated trenches and adjacent pavements
  67. Long Term Process and Impact Evaluation of DfT's Local Transport Plans Policy
  68. Maximising Existing Traffic Management
  69. Measuring Social-Spatial Inclusion and Exclusion & Changing Infrastructure
  70. Measuring travel awareness
  71. Mini-roundabout Good Design Practice
  72. Monitoring Bus Regulation
  73. Monitoring effect of accessibility regulations
  74. Monitoring local bus tenders
  75. Monitoring local transport plans
  76. Monitoring of bus priority schemes
  77. Monitoring quality partnerships
  78. Monitoring the effects of Road User Charging in Durham
  79. Motorcycles and congestion
  80. MOVA accident rates on high speed roads
  81. Multi Modal Modelling - A New Look
  82. Multi-modal modelling - A new look
  83. Multi-modal modelling – A new look
  84. National road condition survey
  85. Network Monitoring, Modelling & Management
  86. Optimised expert system for conducting environmental assessment of urban road traffic
  87. Optimising Communications Networks for UTC in UTMC
  88. Parking control (COST 342)
  89. People’s understanding of and attitudes to congestion
  90. Performance Evaluation in UTMC Systems
  91. Portable signals improved strategy and safety
  92. Potential for mode transfer of short trips
  93. Preparation of specifications
  94. Project: Compact MOVA for Signalled Juncs (CMOVA)
  95. Provision of differential priority in SCOOT
  96. Puffin Crossing Before and After Behavioural Study
  97. Quality Bus Partnerships and Market Structure
  98. Quiet Lanes Study
  99. Regional transport strategies
  100. Review of effectiveness of personalised travel planning techniques
  101. Review of Starting Amber
  102. Safe Town Initiative: Environmental Effects
  103. Safety of MOVA Junction Control System
  104. School travel database of classroom material
  105. Scoot incident response
  106. Scoot strategies for congested networks
  107. Selected Vehicle Priority
  108. Shared use facilities for pedestrians and cyclists
  109. Social impact studies
  110. Social inclusion - Transport aspects
  111. Sources of particulate matter
  112. Strategic Operational Management of Urban Road Networks
  113. The Impact of Motorcycling on Congestion- The Effect of Modal Shift
  114. The Influence of Soft Factor Interventions on Travel Demand
  115. The Uses and Benefits of Pedestrian Guardrails
  116. Time use surveys
  117. Traffic composition
  118. Traffic controller performance assessment
  119. Traffic management during high pollution episodes
  120. Traffic signal control evaluation facilities
  121. Traffic signal control optimisation
  122. Traffic Signal Controlled Pedestrian Crossing on High Speed Roads
  123. Transport choices in urban and rural areas
  124. Transport Interchange - Part 2
  125. Transport visions network
  126. Travel plan best practice guidance
  127. Urban street activity in 20mph zones
  128. UTMC Research: Programme Manager (and UTMC 20, 21 and 23)
  129. UTMC Strategies to Minimise Vehicle Emissions
  130. Vehicle operating profiles
  131. Zonal waiting restriction signing
Contact Email: 
Department for Transport
Regional and Local Transport, Strategy and Funding, Zone 3/14, Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street
Contact country: 
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 207 944 8300
Fax Number: 
+44 (0) 207 944 2207