Transport and health
Transport plays an important role in our health. It connects communities, reduces social isolation and helps us access employment and education. All of these are a positive influence on our wellbeing.
Transport also plays a role in tackling some of our biggest health challenges, including poor air quality, physical inactivity and obesity.
The costs to society of transport-induced poor air quality, ill health and road accidents exceed £40 billion each year.
We work closely with our Highways and Transport Planning teams to ensure all aspects of physical health and mental wellbeing are considered in transport policy and highways schemes.
See our joint Physical Activity and Transport briefing for more information on active travel.