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What is the Department for Transport?

The Department for Transport (DfT) works to support the transport network that helps UK citizens, businesses, goods, and services travelling around the country. We plan and invest in transport infrastructure to keep the UK moving. Transport touches the lives of everyone in the country. Across the road, rail, air, sea and space, our transport networks affect homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and more. It’s how we deliver goods to our shops, get people to work and reunite with our loved ones. A safe, secure, efficient, and reliable transport system is something that we all depend upon. It is vital for supporting a strong, productive economy and the jobs and homes people need. We aim to create a modern technologically advanced transport system that can bring lasting change to millions of people.


Our values are the standards and principles that we share, representing what is most important to us. They reflect the best of what we are now and what we aspire to be in the future.

  • Confidence: to challenge, to take action, to innovate
  • Excellence: in our professionalism, in our delivery, in our learning 
  • Teamwork: we are inclusive, we collaborate, we support each other

We embrace diversity and celebrate our differences. Everyone is involved in making DfT an inclusive and great place to work. We actively promote a flexible approach to working whilst giving our staff opportunities to maximise their skills and achieve their full potential. We are different people, one team.

We strive to be a learning organisation. We’re creating a culture where everyone sees the benefit of continuously learning and developing and being in control of your own growth and development. Within the department there are a huge range of learning opportunities on offer to help us to be the best that we can be – whether that is as a civil servant; a member of a specific directorate or team; a member of a profession; a member of a network or interest group; or as an individual.

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Our offices

Birmingham office 

Leeds office