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A new report bringing together transport statistics for six main ...
A new report bringing together transport statistics for six main

English urban areas has been published by the DETR. Transport Statistics for Metropolitan Areas: 1999 shows changes in the use of private and public transport, and updates a similar report published last year. It provides transport-related statistics for the six former

metropolitan county areas of Greater Manchester, Merseyside, the West

Midlands, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Tyne and Wear.

Highlights include:

the numbers of people killed or seriously injured in road accidents

in 1998 in metropolitan areas was almost half those in the early


nearly half of all journeys to work took less than 20 minutes and

well over 90 per cent of such journeys took less than an hour in each

area in 1998;

bus passenger journeys increased by 5 per cent in the West Midlands

during 1997/98;

the decline in bus usage in metropolitan areas overall has reduced;

with a decrease of only 1 per cent during 1997/98;

Tyne & Wear has the highest proportion (21 per cent) travelling to

work by public transport; it also has the lowest number of cars

registered per thousand;

since the mid-1980s, the proportion of journeys and distance

travelled by public transport has decreased in each area; walking and

cycling has also declined;

West Yorkshire had the largest increase in road freight lifted over

the last ten years;

passenger traffic has more than doubled at airports serving the

former metropolitan areas over the last ten years, except at

Manchester airport;

Greater Manchester has the lowest road casualty rate (killed and

seriously injured);

South Yorkshire has experienced the largest increase in traffic on

its major roads over the last ten years; it also has the lowest

population density of the former metropolitan county areas.


1. This report is a companion volume to the well-established annual

report Transport Statistics for London and covers similar topics

including: travel to work, personal travel, road traffic car

ownership, traffic speeds on major roads, road casualties, public

transport, air traffic, freight traffic, and air quality. Background

data on population and employment is also included for information.

Some data are included for comparison.

2. Copies of Transport Statistics for Metropolitan Areas 1999 can be

obtained, free of charge, from the Department of the Environment,

Transport and the Regions, TSPT4 Branch, Zone 1/31, Great Minster

House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DR.

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