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UK travel stats published

The Department for Transport has released statistics on road travel in 2010, showing a steady decline over recent years.

There has been a steady falling trend in trips taken since 1995. Average distance travelled per person per year remained relatively stable until 2007, but has declined slightly over the last 3 years.

In 2010, there was an average of 960 trips per person per year - the lowest level since the mid-1970s. There were 1,061 stages, 6,726 miles travelled and an average trip length of 7.0 miles.

Between 1995 and 2010, overall trip rates fell by 12%. Those by private modes of transport fell by 14%, but public transport modes increased by 8%. Walking saw the largest decrease.

Most of the decline in overall trip rates between 1995 and 2010 can be accounted for by a fall in shopping and visiting friends.

In 2010, 80% of males and 66% of females held a full car driving licence. While the proportion of males holding a licence remained fairly stable since the early 1990’s, the proportion of females continued to increase.

Trips by car - as a driver or passenger - accounted for 64% of all trips made and 78% of distance travelled in 2010. On average, females make more trips than males, but males travel much further each year. Average annual car mileage was estimated to be 8,430 miles in 2010.

Concessionary travel pass take-up in 2010 was 78% of those eligible.

For full details, see the DfT link below.

  • 01 August 2011
  • LNLG

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