2010 National Travel Survey published..

 The 2010 National Travel Survey (NTS) is the latest in an established series of household surveys of personal travel in Great Britain. The NTS has been running continuously since 1988, following previous ad hoc surveys. The survey is primarily designed to track long term development of trends in travel, although short term changes can also be detected.

NTS data is collected via two main sources – interviews with people in their homes, and a diary that they keep for a week to record their travel. The NTS covers travel by all age groups, including children. In 2010, diary data was collected from 8,100 households, covering over 19,000 individuals.

The key findings from the 2010 NTS include:

  • There has been a steady falling trend in trip rates since 1995/97. Average distance travelled per person per year remained relatively stable until 2007, but has declined slightly over the last three 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 1995/97 and 2010, overall trips rates fell by 12%. Trips by private modes of transport fell by 14% while public transport modes increased by 8%. Walking trips saw the largest decrease.
  • Most of the decline in overall trips rates between 1995/97 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 with a licence 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.
  • Concessionary travel pass take-up in 2010 was 78% of those eligible.
  • Average annual car mileage was estimated to be 8,430 miles in 2010.

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