The main findings of this latest report show that:
-- The average Briton travelled 6,500 miles per year within Great Britain in 1993/95. 81% of this distance was travelled in a car
-- Travel distance rose by 22% nationally between 1985/86 and 1993/95. However, for London residents there was virtually no change over this period
-- Britons made 69% of their commuting journeys by car in 1993/95. For those working in Central London, the percentage was 16%. Only 51% of commuting journeys began during the rush hours (7am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm on weekdays). This was lower than in earlier years and reflects changes in working patterns and other factors
-- The elderly are prime users of buses. 27% of journeys made by women aged 70 to 79 years were by local bus, compared to only 5% of all aged 30 to 59 years. Elderly drivers are more cautious on the road than the young. On similar types of Sunday journeys, 31% of those driven by elderly men were completed at under 30 miles per hour compared to only 14% for those driven by persons aged 16
The National Travel Survey 1993/95 Report is published by HMSO, priced £20, on behalf of the department of transport.