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The latest edition of Scottish Transport Statistics, was published today by the Scottish executive. ...
The latest edition of Scottish Transport Statistics, was published today by the Scottish executive.

Included among the many facts and figures were:

* almost 2.2 million motor vehicles licensed in Scotland in 2000: three per cent more than the previous year, an estimated 25 per cent more than in 1990, and the highest number ever recorded

* 431 million passenger journeys on local bus services in 1999-00: four per cent more than the previous year, but 30 per cent less than in 1989-90

* 67.5 million rail passenger journeys originating in Scotland in 1999-00: four per cent more than the previous year and about 30 per cent more than 10 years earlier

* 16.8 million air terminal passengers at airports in Scotland in 2000: five per cent more than in the previous year, 71 per cent more than in 1990, and the highest number ever recorded

Some other key points appear below, in the same order as the chapters.

Motor vehicles licensed:

About 220,000 new vehicles were registered in 2000, around 4,000 more than in the previous year and the highest number of new registrations ever recorded.

There were 43 motor vehicles per hundred population in Scotland in 2000, compared with 50 per hundred population for Great Britain as a whole.

Bus and coach travel:

The distance travelled by local bus services was 362 million vehicle kilometres in 1999-00, one per cent more than in the previous year, and eight per cent more than in 1989-90.

However, other (non-local) bus services travelled an estimated 130 million vehicle-kilometres, which was 19 per cent less than the previous year, and 22 per cent less than in 1989-90;

There were 84 local bus journeys per head of population in Scotland in 1999-00 compared with 74 per head in Great Britain as a whole.

Road freight: The total amount of freight lifted by UK HGVs in Scotland in 2000 was almost 159 million tonnes, almost three million tonnes more than in 1999, but slightly less than the amount lifted 10 years earlier (161 million tonnes).

Toll bridges: An estimated 22.2 million vehicles crossed the Forth Road Bridge in 2000 (almost 61,000 per day), more than in any previous year, and 34 per cent more than in 1990;

Road network: There were almost 53,900 kilometres of public road in Scotland at 1 April 2000. About one-seventh of this is within the area of the Highland Council, around 10 per cent is in Aberdeenshire and eight per cent is in Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Road traffic:

Over the past five years, the estimated total volume of traffic on major roads (Motorways and A roads) has remained broadly unchanged, at around 25 billion (thousand million) vehicle kilometres a year.

However, traffic on major roads has grown by 16 per cent since 1990, and Motorway traffic has increased by 62 per cent since 1990.

The total volume of traffic on all roads (major and minor) was 43 billion vehicle kilometres in 2000.

Injury road accidents:

there were 325 people fatally injured in road accidents in 2000, 15 (five per cent) more than in 1999. Despite this increase, the number of deaths was the second lowest for more than 50 years, and 49 per cent below the 1981-85 annual average (which was the base for the national target of a one-third reduction in total road casualties by the year 2000).

3,553 people were seriously injured in road accidents in 2000, 208 (six per cent) fewer than in 1999, and the lowest figure since statistics of serious injuries began in 1950. The 2000 figure was 57 per cent below the 1981-85 average.

there were 16,576 people recorded as slightly injured in 2000, 349 (two per cent) fewer than in the previous year and nine per cent below the 1981-85 average. The total number of casualties was 20,454, 542 (three per cent) lower than in 1999 and 25 per cent below the 1981-85 average.

Rail services:

6.2 million tonnes of freight were lifted by rail in 1999-00, three per cent more than in the previous year but about a third less than in 1989-90.

Per head of population, fewer passenger journeys originate in Scotland (13.2 per head in 1999-00) than in Great Britain as a whole (16.4)

Air transport:

There were about 6.9 million terminal passengers at Glasgow airport in 2000, a two per cent increase on the previous year, Edinburgh airport had almost 5.5 million (up eight per cent), and Aberdeen had just under 2.5 million (up one per cent). Over the past ten years, the increases at these airports were: Edinburgh 121 per cent; Glasgow 62 per cent; and Aberdeen 27 per cent.

There were over 1.1 million passenger journeys directly between Scottish airports and Spain (excluding the Canary Islands). Amsterdam was the most popular international airport (with nearly 700,000 passenger journeys directly to and from Scottish airports).

Water transport:

In 1999, a total of 105.1 million tonnes of freight was recorded as being lifted by water transport in Scotland: 35.3 million tonnes of 'coastwise' traffic to other ports in the United Kingdom (including some in Scotland), 2.6 million tonnes of 'one port' traffic to offshore installations and the sea bed, and 67.2 million tonnes of exports from the major Scottish ports.

In 2000, the total number of passengers carried on Caledonian MacBrayne, P&O Scottish Ferries, and Orkney Ferries services was 5.3 million, about the same as in the previous year.

Personal travel:

Cars, vans and lorries accounted for over three-quarters of the average of around 7,200 miles which was travelled per person over the period 1997 to 1999.

In 2000, 67 per cent of those who travelled to work usually went by car or van, 14 per cent walked, 13 per cent went by bus, two per cent would go by train, two per cent cycled and three per cent used another means of transport (such as motorcycle, taxi and ferry).

About 55 per cent of school-children usually walked to school, 23 per cent usually travelled by bus, 20 per cent by car or van, one per cent cycled and three per cent used another means of transport (such as rail, taxi and ferry).

Scottish residents made an estimated 3.1 million visits abroad in 1999. In about 2.7 million cases they flew, mainly from Glasgow (1.4 million), Edinburgh (0.4 million) and London Heathrow (0.3 million). Around 0.3 million visits abroad were made by sea, and 0.1 million via the Channel Tunnel.


Scottish Transport Statistics costs£10 and may be purchased from The Stationery Office Bookshop, 71 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9AZ (telephone: 0131 228 4181).

Copies of the publication are available on the internet.


Transport minister Sarah Boyack said she was heartened today by news that more Scots are using public transport despite record levels of car ownership north of the Border.

The minister said that survey results published today showing increasing passenger numbers for bus, rail and air services prove that Scottish executive funding for public transport is improving commuter choice and is making a difference to peoples' lives.

The latest edition of Scottish Transport Statistics shows that local bus and rail passenger numbers both rose by four per cent in 1999-2000 compared with the previous year, and that in 2000 seventy-one per cent more people flew from Scottish airports than in 1990.

However, the publication shows that there are 25 per cent more motor vehicles on the road than in 1990.

This, said Boyack, could be bad news for rising urban congestion 'hot spots' in and around Scotland's four main cities.

The minister said:

'With the volume of traffic on the UK's roads predicted to rise by fifty three per cent over the next 30 years we are acting now to improve public transport and promote better choices.

'The executive has recently joined forces with the main public transport providers in launching the travel awareness campaign 'Learn to Let Go' to encourage drivers to consider the alternatives to the hassle and stress of urban car journeys and the congestion these journeys can cause.

'Record of investment in public transport is paying dividends on the ground - extending concessionary travel, helping to link communities and improving frequency of services. We are building a sustainable, effective, reliable and integrated transport system.

'Investment in modern, comfortable and fast public transport is crucial to make public transport an easy choice and not a last resort. We are now playing our part and have committed record sums - an extra£500m over the next three years - to make public transport an attractive choice and to ensure that we put in place the infrastructure and services to develop a truly integrated transport network.'

Also published today is Trends in Local Bus Markets which shows improvements to bus services currently on offer in Scotland as well as signs of further improvements in the future.

The research shows that local authority bus services have been increasing for the last twenty years as has local bus use.

It also suggests that further incentives are needed. New pricing and ticketing initiatives and improved information technology systems would all be welcomed by bus users.

However she added that more needs to be done to improve reliability, fare levels and service frequency in order to ensure that public transport is a real alternative not a last resort.

Commenting on the research the minister said:

'Bus use varies greatly throughout Scotland. But the Scottish executive is committed to ensuring people have access to frequent, reliable and affordable public transport no matter where they live. Our support for rural bus services through the rural transport fund is an indication of our practical support to rural areas.

'The success of Community Transport initiatives in providing small minibus transport complements the progress we are making in improving public transport and making a real different to people's lives.

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