about the travel habits of residents of Great Britain. The drawn
sample size for 2002 was nearly trebled compared with previous years
following recommendations in a National Statistics Review of the
single year basis for the first time. Changes to the methodology in
2002 mean that there are some inconsistencies with data for earlier
The main findings include:
- On average, Great Britain residents travelled 7,000 miles in 2002.
This was an increase of 8 per cent since 1991/1993, reflecting a 13
per cent increase in the average length of trip from 6.1 miles to
- The average number of trips made in 2002 was 1,000 per person per
year, 5 per cent less than in 1991/1993.
- The total number of hours the average person travels in a year rose
5 per cent above the level which had prevailed for the last decade,
reflecting an increase in the average time per trip for most modes
and an increase in car driver trips.
- 28 per cent of households in Great Britain did not have access to a
car in 2002, compared with 32 per cent in 1991/1993. Only 20 per
cent of people lived in households without a car as households
without cars tend to be smaller than average.
- The proportion of women holding full car driving licences has
increased from 53 to 61 per cent since 1991/1993, while the
proportion of men holding licences has remained at 81 per cent.
Licence holding among those aged 60-69 rose from 57 to 70 per cent
over this period.
- Car travel accounted for four fifths of the total distance
travelled. Overall, the distance travelled by car increased by 10
per cent over the last 10 years.
- The number of walking trips fell by over 20 per cent in the last 10
- The number of commuting trips per person per year fell by 8 per
cent in the last 10 years, but the average trip length rose by 17
- Since 1991/1993, the proportion of primary-aged children walking to
school has declined from 60 to 51 per cent, with an increase from
29 to 41 per cent in the numbers being driven to school. For
secondary school pupils there was a similar, shift from walking to
The Government's 10 Year Plan targets
The government's 10 Year Plan includes two targets for England which
are monitored using NTS data:
- to triple the number of cycling stages compared with the 2000 base
of 18 stages per person per year. The estimate for 2002 was 17
stages per person per year. However, figures for single years need
to be treated with caution because the sample sizes are small.
- to achieve a one-third increase (from 35 per cent to 47 per cent)
in the proportion of households in rural areas within about 10
minutes walk of an hourly or better bus service by 2010. The level
for 2002 was 48 per cent.
1. National Travel Survey: 2002 Provisional Results is published by
DfT. The report updates the main data series published last year from
1999/2001 to 2002. This bulletin has been released as soon as
possible, so that the latest figures are available to users, but
should be regarded as provisional until the full database is
available. A more detailed bulletin, including results from new
questions introduced in 2002, will be published in Spring 2004.
2. The 2002 National Travel Survey is the latest in a series of
household surveys designed to provide a databank of personal travel
information for Great Britain. The survey is part of a continuous
survey that began in July 1988. During 2002, over 7,400 households
provided details of their personal travel by filling in travel
diaries over a period of a week, compared with nearly 3,500
households in 2001. Previously data has been shown fo r a three year
time period because of the small sample size. The increased sample
size in 2002 enables most key results to be presented on a single
year basis for the first time. The survey is designed to pick up long
term trends and is not suitable for monitoring short-term trends.
3. There are some discontinuities between data for 2002 and previous
years as a result of:
- changes in the sampling methodology (eg stratification by
population density rather than socio-economic group)
- a change in contractor leading to use of interviewers new to the
survey, coding the diaries centrally rather than by interviewers
and clarification of definitions. These are spelt out more fully in
the introduction to the Bulletin. The Technical Report for the 2002
survey containing details of sampling, fieldwork and data
processing has also been published today on the DfT website.
4. Travel details provided by respondents include trip purpose,
method of travel, time of day and trip length. The households also
provided background information, such as the age, sex, working
status, and driving licence holding of individuals, and details of
the cars available for their use.
5. The bulletin and the 2002 Technical Report are available in PDF
format on the transport statistics web site: www.transtat.dft.gov.uk
6. The bulletin is available from Spencer Broadley, Zone 2/15, Great
Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DR (020 7944 3097), or
by e-mail: email@example.com
TRANSPORT TRENDS: 2003 EDITION
The Department for Transport has today published on its website the
sixth edition of Transport Trends. This National Statistics
publication provides readers with an introduction to the major trends
in domestic transport and travel in GB. It presents an overview of
key trends over the past twenty years, and highlights some of the key
issues. It is intended as a companion volume to Transpor t Statistics
Great Britain, which contains reference tables containing more
detailed figures and, in some cases, longer time trends.
This edition of Transport Trends follows the structure of the
previous publication, the main changes involving the inclusion of new
data where possible. The website presentation of the charts has been
improved, and, as before, all the data underlying the graphics is
available on the web-site. A further update of Transport Trends will
be made when more information becomes available from the 2002
National Travel Survey next year.
A summary of Transport Trends, and the links to the full document and
to all the underlying data, can be found on the DfT website at
1. In July 2000, the government published Transport 2010, The 10 Year
Plan. This set out a range of targets and indicators which would be
monitored and regularly reported on. The main indicators are included
in the relevant sections of Transport Trends, which illustrates the
longer-term trends and also presents a wider range of statistical
analysis to help put the key policy targets and their trends into a
broader context. Transport Trends also reports on those of the
government's sustainable development indicators which are most
relevant to transport.
2. The DfT Transport Statistics website at
http://www.dft.gov.uk/transtat also includes a wide range of other
statistical material and publications.