The Urban Transport Group is the UK’s network of transport authorities.

Our vision is for city-regions, their towns and surrounding areas to be green, fair, healthy and prosperous places, with public transport and active travel options that provide access and opportunity for all.                   

Our mission is to help our members to create transport networks which:

  • are sustainably funded and affordable
  • deliver social value
  • are green and resilient
  • are trusted

We do this by:

  • making the case for public transport through purposeful policy
  • providing thought leadership by developing and maintaining a network of strong sector relationships
  • advocating for public transport to support wider economic and social outcomes
  • being the Professional Network for people who work in the public transport sector


Our members cover the largest urban areas in the UK. Together, they serve over 30 million people across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Not only do our member transport authorities keep the country’s largest urban areas moving day in day out, they are also planning and investing to ensure our transport networks are fit for the future.

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Our strategy and policies are determined by a Board of seven Directors - one from each of our seven full members.

You can read the 2024-25 Business Plan here.

The Urban Transport Group's work is delivered by our dedicated team of staff based in Leeds.

We facilitate a Professional Network of groups for our members on a variety of different topics and challenges (from modes like bus and active travel, to issues like organisational development and public affairs).

One of the organisation’s major strengths lies in its Professional Network of transport authorities. The network demonstrates that through collaboration, we can achieve far greater impact than we would otherwise do individually.

Tobyn Hughes
Managing Director, Transport North East