Government – National and Local

Government in the UK can appear complex, especially when related to transport, innovation and technology, as it cuts across many different departments and responsibilities – especially in England. Across the UK, a total of 556 agencies and bodies report to Government, usually through a Ministerial Department.

The Prime Minister’s Office at Downing Street sets high-level policy and strategy, which is delivered using 25 Ministerial Departments.

Reporting to Ministers are:

  • 20 Non-Ministerial Departments (e.g. HM Revenue & Customs)
  • 407 agencies and other public bodies (e.g. Traffic Commissioners, UK Research and Innovation)
  • 89 other bodies (e.g. OLEV and Innovate UK)
  • 12 public corporations (e.g. the BBC, London and Continental Railways)
  • 3 Devolved Administrations (Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales)

A fully detailed list with links to all the above is here

Statutory Bodies: Transport Planning/Infrastructure: Following devolution from 1998, devolved transport and planning policies are the responsibility of the relevant administrations, assemblies and Parliaments, they are not scrutinised at Westminster. Further information about national and devolved transport is here, including a downloadable report.



Transport government

Northern Ireland

Northern ireland

Transport government

Trade bodies, institutions, alliances, partnerships, non-governmental organisations, regulators, statutory bodies


All these bodies are listed in this section because they are related to innovation, technology and transport .

For government agencies please see the ‘Government – National and Local’ section above. You’ll probably find the agency under ‘England’ as most agencies are run by central government and cover all the UK.

The full list is here

Public and private grants and funding schemes available for green, intelligent transport and technology in the UK

Resources who's who in transport and how to get start-up funding and grants

A variety of schemes, often run over a number of years, are available for transport-related projects in the UK.

Funding comes mainly from government – both central (Westminster) and some of the devolved administrations – alongside the private sector. All can be bid for by qualifying companies and organisations.

The full details are here

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