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Strong partnerships: the key to improving London’s transport

We work with a range of expert organisations to keep London moving.

Transport for London (TfL)

TfL implements the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. It is the main agency for transport services in London and runs: 
  • London's buses
  • the Tube
  • the Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
  • London Trams
  • London River Services
  • Victoria Coach Station
  • a 580km network of main roads

TfL also regulates taxis and the private hire minicab trade, has responsibility for the capital’s 6,000 traffic lights, and runs the London Transport Museum. 

TfL is controlled by the Mayor, who chairs the Board, with the Deputy Mayor for Transport the Board’s Deputy Chair. Together with TfL we work to make sure this complex system gets everyone from A to B as smoothly as possible.

The Department for Transport (DfT)

The DfT is the government department responsible for transport in the UK. It works with regional partners to deliver national services. 

We work closely with the Department for Transport to ensure the government invests in transport in London, the powerhouse of the UK economy, with Crossrail being a very good example of this. We also work with the Highway’s Agency, an executive agency of DfT, which operates the motorways in and around London.

Network Rail and train operators

Network Rail manages Britain’s rail infrastructure, with different companies running different trains and routes. The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) is the independent government department responsible for the regulation of the railways in Great Britain.

We rely on Network Rail and rail companies to connect London to the rest of the country and work with these partners to improve people’s train journeys to and from the capital. Overland trains transport thousands of commuters to their jobs in central London. As such, a strong partnership with Network Rail and rail companies is vital for the city’s future growth and prosperity.

Championing London

London’s success is bound up with the future of its rail network and services. Therefore it is important that the Mayor has greater input and influence over the services provided by Network Rail and the train operating companies. Read more about devolution.

The London boroughs

The 33 London boroughs consult on and develop local plans (LIPs) to implement the Mayor’s Transport Strategy in their areas. They play a vital role in championing local concerns and ambitions, and are instrumental in bringing about many of the improvements described in the strategy document. Most roads in London are borough roads and it is the boroughs which supply the Freedom Pass – the free travel pass for older and disabled Londoners.

The Boroughs Engagement team at TfL develops relationships with London boroughs, both directly and by liaising with London Councils. Its role is to communicate TfL’s major projects and manage the funding of transport schemes to local areas.

Local solutions to local challenges

Decisions on local transport needs are usually best made by those closest to them. It is often London councillors, with their intimate knowledge of their neighbourhoods, who can imagine and plan the future of their streets.

Preserving local communities

As well as making sure it is easier for everyone to get to and from central London, the Mayor and TfL are committed to maintaining vibrant local town centres and ensuring that there are regular and reliable transport services between local areas.